(RepublicanJournal.org) – Former House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) recently spoke with CNBC’s Joe Kernen on “Squawk Box,” where he offered his take on the current political climate. The former representative made clear his feelings about Donald Trump, noting the 45th president’s growing baggage and the mounting odds against him in the upcoming general election. From Ryan’s viewpoint, the GOP’s chances of winning are still great — as long as the nominee is anyone but Trump.
“I’m for anybody not named Trump right now … a Republican not named Trump, because I think we beat Biden for sure if we nominate a Republican not named Trump,” Paul Ryan said. https://t.co/Oq3zGKQPg8
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Ryan stated that a party nomination for Trump would be a “disaster,” noting that the former president “could win,” yet Republicans would be far more likely to lose if they stuck with him. The retired House member reminded viewers that, outside the MAGA leader’s 2016 victory, the GOP has repeatedly fallen short with Trump — starting with their loss of the House in 2018 and the presidency in 2020. Ryan went on to blame the former president for conservatives’ shockingly poor performance in the 2022 Senate race.
Kernen poked at Ryan by bringing up his ties with Fox News, noting the ex-politicians position on the network’s board and asking if owner Rupert Murdoch would be telling him how to vote. Ryan took the jab in stride, replying, “I’m for anybody not named Trump.” He added, “We beat Biden, for sure,” by nominating “a Republican not named Trump.” He admitted to being a “never again Trumper,” noting the former president’s 33% support base takes issue with people like him, but he simply doesn’t think the current GOP front runner’s odds are good.
Although the former Speaker couldn’t guess who might contend best in the race, he did feel that President Joe Biden’s candidacy was helping Trump’s chances. The Wisconsin representative said the two men “have a symbiotic relationship with one another” — each making the other look better by comparison within their voting blocs. He called the possibility of the former president winning “dangerous,” even if he believes it’s a longshot.
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