2019-07-12 14:10:571 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST
By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Paul Ryan (Image source: Public domain)
Never one to be able to take the least amount of criticism, Donald Trump did not take too kindly to a new book that includes heavy criticism of him spewed from prominent Republicans, especially former speaker of the House Paul Ryan (D-WI), whom he referred to as a "lame duck failure."
Ryan served in the House for two decades before retiring at the end of last year. He spent four years as House Budget Committee chair, several months as House Ways and Means Committee chair, and a little more than three years as speaker, before handing over the gavel to Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) after he retired and the Democrats won the majority in the midterm elections.
POLITICO Magazine's chief political correspondent, Tim Alberta, is releasing a new book, "American Carnage," next Tuesday. The theme of the book is the unknown criticism Trump received from members of his own party.
Detailed in the book is the aftermath of the now-infamous "Access Hollywood" tape, where Trump was caught, when still a reality TV host, being less than honorable toward women and alluding to sexual assault.
It was released shortly before the 2016 election, and Ryan asked Reince Priebus, then-chairman of the Republican National Committee, to get Trump removed from the presidential race. He also uninvited Trump from a rally in his district after the tape was aired on TV.
"I told myself I gotta have a relationship with this guy to help him get his mind right," the former speaker told Alberta in a book excerpt. "Because, I'm telling you, he didn't know anything about government. ... I wanted to scold him all the time."
Additionally, Ryan alluded to the real reason behind his retirement from the House: it was an effort to get far away from Trump.
"We've gotten so numbed by it all," he explained. "Not in government, but when we live our lives, we have a responsibility to try and rebuild. Don't call a woman a 'horse face.' Don't cheat on your wife. Don't cheat on anything. Be a good person. Set a good example."
Definitely, these are things that many people believe about Trump: whether or not he has a stronger economy, he's not a good person in many ways.
"Paul Ryan, the failed V.P. Candidate and former speaker of the House, whose record of achievement was atrocious (except during my first two years as president), ultimately became a long-running lame-duck failure, leaving his party in the lurch both as a fundraiser and leader," Trump tweeted in reply.
He also closed in on the failure of Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), who is also a former governor of Massachusetts and who ran for president in 2012 with Ryan as his running mate.
"When Mitt chose Paul, I told people that's the end of that presidential run," Trump wrote. "He quit Congress because he didn't know how to win. They gave me standing O's in the Great State of Wisconsin and booed him off the stage. He promised me the Wall and failed (happening anyway!)."
Trump wasn't done, though, wanting to be sure he climbed back up after Ryan's vicious takedown.
"He had the majority and blew it away with his poor leadership and bad timing" Trump continued. "Never knew how to go after the Dems like they go after us. Couldn't get him out of Congress fast enough!"
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