Former House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) threw water on Donald Trump’s possibilities for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination on Thursday. (Watch the video below.)
“I believe Trump’s unelectability will probably be palpable by then,” Ryan said. “Everyone knows that he’ll lose. Everyone knows that he’s so far more prone to lose the White House than anybody else running for president on our side of the aisle, so why would we wish to go along with that?”
Ryan, who announced his retirement from Congress in 2018, kept the doubt coming in a YouTube-posted interview with Teneo, a public relations firm. He’s the corporate’s vice chair.
Ryan said Trump would attempt to intimidate other Republicans from joining the race, but predicted the strategy will ultimately fail.
“The one reason he stays where he’s is because everybody’s afraid of him,” Ryan said. “They’re afraid of him going after them, hurting their very own ambition. But as soon as you kind of get the herd mentality going, it’s unstoppable.”
“Whether he runs or not, I don’t really know if it matters,” Ryan added. “He’s not going to be the nominee, I don’t think.”
Ryan, as with many Republicans, has been lauded by Trump after which attacked for criticizing him.
Upon Ryan’s announcement that he was leaving office, then-President Trump praised him as a “truly good man” with “a legacy of accomplishment.”
But this yr, when Ryan said many Republicans lacked the “guts” to question Trump, the ex-president bashed him as a “pathetic loser.”
Fast-forward to 40:20 for Ryan’s remarks about Trump: