Trump thrashes Paul Ryan after former House Speaker tells GOP to officially dump him
Former President Donald Trump on Friday launched a string of criticisms at Paul Ryan after the former House Speaker urged Republican voters to move the party away from the 45th president.
Ryan, speaking at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, claimed the Republican party is at a "crossroads" but avoided talking about Trump by name.
"We win majorities by directing our loyalty and respect to voters, and by staying faithful to the conservative principles that unite us," he continued. "This was true even when the person leading our movement was as impressive, polished and agreeable as they come."
Trump responded in a Friday statement by claiming Ryan "became a lame duck Speaker of the House, lost all vote-getting capability with the people he represented in Wisconsin, and was the single biggest factor, other than Romney himself, for the monumental Romney/Ryan loss in the Presidential race of 2012."
"Ryan should instead be telling them how to stop the cheating of elections and that we would have won if Republican leadership fought the way the Democrats did," the former president continued.
Trump additionally claimed that "the day" Ryan joined the Fox Corporation board, "Fox totally lost its way and became a much different place, with millions of its greatest supporters fleeing for good."
"Ryan has been a curse to the Republican Party. He has no clue as to what needs to be done for our Country, was a weak and ineffective leader, and spends all of his time fighting Republicans as opposed to Democrats who are destroying our Country," he closed. "As a Republican, having Paul Ryan on your side almost guarantees a loss, for both you, the Party, and America itself!"