He may have been banned from Twitter and Facebook, but Donald Trump has not shut up since leaving office. The disgraced former president regularly blasts out statements to his followers via his website and while most of us would rather never hear from him again, it’s important that we stay abreast of what the man who incited an insurrection against the government is saying to his supporters. Forewarned is forearmed.
Petty little grievance creature that he is, Trump attacked Paul Ryan today. The former Speaker of the House, who has not served in public office since 2019, recently (and naively) called on Republicans to reject Trump and condemned the “yes-men and flatterers flocking to Mar-a-Lago.” While his criticisms of the MAGA movement are sound, his assumption that the GOP can be saved is delusional. It’s the party of Trump and it’s trending towards more insanity, not less.
In his statement, Trump boosted the Big Lie by calling Ryan a RINO (Republican In Name Only) and saying that he should be spending his time trying to “stop the cheating of elections.” It hardly needs to be said at this point, but the election was legitimate and Trump has failed to produce so much as a scrap of evidence supporting his lies about mass voter fraud.
Trump bragged about getting more votes than the Romney/Ryan ticket as if anyone other than him cares about such a thing in 2021.
Trump went on to blame Ryan’s new position on the board of Fox News for what he perceives as a negative turn in the network’s programming — which really just means the far-right outlet isn’t praising the former president to his satsification. He referred to the former House Speaker as “a curse to the Republican Party,” a term which far more accurately describes himself.
“As a Republican, having Paul Ryan on your side almost guarantees a loss, for both you, the Party, and America itself!” Trump concluded.
The irony of Trump—the worst president in American history and the absolute nadir of the Republican Party—calling anyone else bad for the GOP and the United States cannot be overstated. At the same time, Ryan and the more palatable Republicans created Trump by failing to excise the racism and ignorance that was long metastasizing within their organization. He’s their monster and now they have to live with him.
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This is a staff report from former Occupy Democrats Editor in Chief Colin Taylor or contributor Rob Haffney.