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Paul Ryan invented a new category of anti-Trumpism

Paul Ryan invented a new category of anti-Trumpism



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You know all about the “Never Trumpers,” a group of Republicans who have been vocal against former President Donald Trump and what he’s done to the GOP.

Now, meet the Never Again Trumpers.

That’s how former House Speaker Paul Ryan described himself In an interview with ABC News aired on weekends. Here is what he said:

“I am proud of the achievements [during the Trump administration] – tax reform, deregulation, and criminal justice reform – I’m very happy for the judges sitting not only on the Supreme Court, but throughout the entire judicial system. But I’m a never-again Trump. Why? Because I want to win, and we will lose with Trump. It was clear to us in 18, 20 and now 2022.”

Ryan, who left Congress in 2019, has been more vocal about his feelings about Trump and the future of the Republican Party.

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At the end of October, he told Fox Business Network “The new voter in American politics is the suburban voter, and the suburban voter obviously doesn’t like Trump, but they like the Republicans.” And he added: “So I think anybody not named Trump, I think it’s much more likely for us to win the White House.”

(Note: Trump won suburban voters over Hillary Clinton in 2016 and narrowly lost them to Joe Biden in 2020, according to national exit polls. In the 2022 midterms, Republicans won suburban voters 52%-46%.)

Ryan at an event in June for South Carolina GOP Rep. Tom Rice, who voted to impeach Trump in 2021. strongly criticized That’s not how the GOP voted. “There are many people who say they will vote for their conscience, they will vote for the Constitution, they will vote for their faith, but when it is difficult to do so, they do not do it. this,” he said at the time. (Rice continued Loses the Republican primary to a Trump-backed opponent in his district.)

Trump, like him, has attacked Ryan before. “As a Republican, having Paul Ryan on your side is a guaranteed loss for you, for the party, and for America itself,” he said. Trump wrote in a statement last year after Ryan said the party should step down from the former president.

Attacks aside, Ryan’s stance on Trump is interesting. It gives the former president credit for what he accomplished in office while suggesting that he is neither the present nor the future of the GOP.

I think there will be significant opponents for Trump in 2024. Florida Governor Ron DeSantisfor example, it would be good to echo Ryan’s approach – credit Trump for what he’s done as president, while explaining that his political appeal has waned to the point that it would be a mistake for Republicans to nominate him again.

At the heart of Ryan’s “Never Again Trump” position is something that I don’t think gets much attention: Trump’s win-loss record.

Trump boasted that “we’re going to start winning again, and we’re going to win a lot,” but the truth is that he’s been much closer to losing since the 2016 election. With Trump in office, Republicans have lost control of the House and Senate. Republicans regained the majority in the House in 2022, but their victory was much narrower than expected. And Democrats have already hung on to their narrow Senate majority, with several Trump-backed candidates missing out on key races.

That failure to win appears to be a weakness for Trump as he seeks to shore up his third presidential bid. And it looks like DeSantis is already moving to use it. After winning re-election this month, DeSantis said of his critics, “I would tell people to check the scoreboard last Tuesday night.”

Maybe DeSantis is also part of the Never Trump movement?

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