Ex-House Speaker Paul Ryan, a failed vice presidential contender, bashed President Trump in a recent appearance on Teneo’s Insight Series. He said, “We all know he’s so much more likely to lose the White House than anybody else running for president on our side of the aisle, so why would we want to go with that?” Ryan claimed Trump is only powerful because “everybody’s afraid of him.”
“He only remains where he is because everbody’s afraid of him. They’re afraid of him going after them, hurting their ambition, but as soon as you get the herd mentality going, it’s unstoppable,” he said.
Ryan said regardless of Trump’s decision on a 2024 run, he will not be the party’s nominee.
“Whether he runs or not, I don’t really know if it matters, he’s not going to be the nominee, I think,” he said.
In other parts of Ryan’s sit down with Kevin Kajiwara, Ryan described Trump as a weakness for the Republican Party, dubbing him the Democratic Party’s best “weapon” in the upcoming midterm elections. He also accused the former president of trying to “intimidate” other Republican candidates into not running in the next presidential election.
“He’s going to try and intimidate people out of the race as long as he can,” he continued, adding no one wants to be the first to throw their hat into the ring as they could earn the “ire” of Trump and “MAGA voters.”