Former Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan emerged from self-imposed political exile to lash “entertainer” lawmakers.
The previous Wisconsin lawmaker didn’t name names, but insisted they arrive from “each parties.”
“Within the ‘old days,’ like ten years ago, should you desired to do rather well in Congress, should you desired to succeed, you climbed a meritocracy. The measurement of success was policy and persuasion,” Ryan said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” Thursday.
“You persuade your colleagues, your country, your constituents: ‘That is the precise solution to go, here’s the answer,’” he told host Rebecca Quick.
“That’s not necessarily what motivates people anymore. There’s a variety of entertainers in Congress on each parties,” he added.
Ryan said that under the “old meritocracy” it took 10 to twenty years to construct a fame as a “good policymaker.” Now, he scoffed, you may now “just leap-frog that whole process, be a extremely good entertainer, have an incredible presence, digital, and ignore policymaking and curate a brand for yourself.”
But constructing an entertainment “brand” is bad for bipartisanship, Ryan warned.
“For those who are going to entertain, should you are going to try to indicate that you just’re higher than everyone else inside your personal ecosystem” it makes it tougher to compromise and forge policy, he noted. It “divides us,” Ryan added.
“10 years ago should you desired to do rather well in Congress–you climbed a meritocracy. The measurement of success was policy and persuasion,” says Paul Ryan. “That is not necessarily what motivates people anymore. There’s a variety of entertainers in Congress.” pic.twitter.com/QkVpZOeP67
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Ryan, who served as speaker form 2015 to 2019, removed himself from the political scrum after 20 years in office and opted to not run for reelection in 2018, following uncomfortable confrontations with then-President Donald Trump.
A reluctant Ryan eventually endorsed Trump when he was running for president. But he withdrew his support a month before the 2016 election after the Access Hollywood tape emerged with Trump boasting that he liked to “grab” women “by the pussy.” Trump predictably blasted Ryan as disloyal and accused him of deliberately undermining his campaign.
Ryan said in an interview last 12 months that it was “really clear” Trump lost the election, and that the election was on no account rigged.
The previous lawmaker told Quick that he has been friends with President Joe Biden “for years,” but complained Biden “gave the keys to the left.”