After Ryan suggested that the conservative movement was more than loyal to the defeated president. Trump called the former House Speaker “Rino” and a loser. Then Trump, a rare Republican who criticized Reagan himself, followed Fred Ryan, president of the Ronald Foundation Board of Directors. Reagan
“Ronald Reagan would not be pleased to see that the Reagan Library was run by Washington Post chief Fred Ryan,” Trump wrote. “How did that happen? No wonder they regularly have RINO speakers like Karl Rove and Paul Ryan. They do nothing for our progressive Republican Party!”
One year before the midterm elections And with the first steps of the 2024 primary elections going on. Trump remains the backseat that drives the Republican Party at every turn, and every sign indicates that the GOP is still with Trump – and there is little interest in the kind of introspection that Ryan and his critics. Conservatives like him are begging.
Even the Reagan Library̵7;s “Time for Choice” series – was named after Reagan’s famous 1964 . Speech – likely to be accompanied by large volumes of Trump-ism, Ryan will be followed by a series of speakers sympathetic to the twice condemned former president: Mike Pence, former Vice President Mike Pompeo. foreign minister; Nikki Haley, former UN Ambassador; and Sens. Tim Scott of South Carolina and Tom Cotton of Arkansas. Besides Ryan, they will all be the 2024 presidential candidates, and the response Ryan received from Trump will remind them of the need to Adjust their speech for Trump and his base.
Pence and Haley, two upcoming speakers, have already paid off due to a total lack of allegiance, and the stadium respects Trump so much that most are unlikely to challenge him if he resumes work in 2024.
In Ryan’s case, it wasn’t just that he criticized Trump. That was the direction he wanted conservatives to be unpopular in the modern GOP. Most Republicans still believe Trump’s lie that the election was a hoax. The party has refused to conduct an autopsy in the election as has traditionally been carried out by both sides after the election defeat. Party leaders are reluctant to have public discussions about Trump’s role.
Many Republican voters don’t see much reason. When asked in a recent CBS News poll whether the GOP’s strategy for 2022 should prioritize the party’s message – telling the public about its policies and ideas – or its efforts to change the law, 47 percent of Republicans voted to focus more on changing voting rules than ideas.
Although political parties continue to lose market share nationally, since the 1990s, the Republican presidential candidate has gained only one popular vote in 2004.
Ryan, once the GOP’s brightest star, knows the party’s declining status. By running on Mitt Romney’s losing ticket in 2012 without mentioning Trump’s name. He said at the Reagan Library: “It’s horrible to see the presidency arrive. Such an embarrassing and humiliating end. Once again, the Conservatives are at a crossroads.”
“If conservatives are based on a person’s populist appeal, or second imitation We’re not going anywhere,” he said, adding that Republican voters would “Not impressed with the eyes of men, yes and Flatterers flock to Mar-a-Lago.”
That was a prophecy shared by other initiative-minded Republicans, many of whom were comfortable with past examples of the developing party – and quite early. When William F. Buckley instigated in the 1960s, the party secessioned itself from racists and “kooks” in the 1970s. Richard Nixon’s resignation and subsequent party chaos left Reagan at just six. years later
Jeff Duncan, Georgia’s Deputy Governor A Trump critic who announced this month he would not seek a second term. said recently, “His courage told me that In the next few years, the Republican Party is about to begin. Realize that there is a new way to move forward.”
Trump didn’t hold a pre-party. About five years ago, he lost the Iowa caucus to Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, and if Trump doesn’t run again in 2024, or if he faces a criminal investigation, his GOP seizure could decrease over time.
“It can happen quite quickly,” said Tom Campbell, a former California Republican congressman and Reagan administration official. Started collecting registrations last year for his new party, the Common Sense Party, “many people didn’t know Donald Trump before he was running for president.”
but until now The chances of the party breaking up with Trump are not yet evidenced. in the purging of unfaithful in the spring Republicans blame GOP lawmakers who criticize Trump. and removed one of his fiercest critics, Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, from his leadership in the House of Commons.
In the past, successful attempts to change the direction of the party “Bring the intellectual class of the party… It creates an intellectual vision,” said Mike Madrid, a Republican strategist who co-founded the anti-Trump Lincoln program before resigning in December.
Today he said “That is what is missing, the William F Buckleys of the world has been replaced by the diamonds and silks of the world… All the confidence in the brain was gone.”
Zach Montellaro contributed to this report.