On Thursday night Donald Trump threw a temper tantrum on Twitter, hard to believe right? This tantrum was caused by Trump’s feeling getting hurt at the hands of Paul Ryan.
In his new book, Ryan attacks Trump’s ignorance about government, as well as his bad behavior.
In a series of tweets, Trump called Ryan’s “record of achievement … atrocious.” Trump went on to state that Ryan quit Congress because he “didn’t know how to Win” and he “blew away [Republicans’ control of the House] with his poor leadership and bad timing,” Ryan also failed to get him his border wall, Trump complained, adding: “Happening anyway!”
Trump continued to attack Ryan on Friday, accusing Ryan of being inept at fundraising, not being aggressive towards Democrats while Nancy Pelosi has handed out subpoenas “like cookies,” and losing control of the House.
The Washington Post obtained a copy of the book ahead of it’s Tuesday publication date and reports that in his upcoming book, “American Carnage,” Ryan says that he didn’t seek reelection last year because he couldn’t bear continuing to work with Trump. Ryan saw retirement as an “escape hatch,”
Ryan stated that Trump “didn’t know anything about government” and that he didn’t like Trump’s behavior.
“I told myself I gotta have a relationship with this guy to help him get his mind right,” Ryan recalled in the book. “Because I’m telling you, he didn’t know anything about government . . . I wanted to scold him all the time.”
According to the Washington Post, Ryan said that “we’ve gotten so numbed by it all,” apparently responding to Trump’s behavior, adding: “Don’t call a woman a ‘horse face.’ Don’t cheat on your wife. Don’t cheat on anything. Be a good person. Set a good example.”
Ryan also stated that he believed Trump’s actions were getting more problematic.
“Those of us around him really helped to stop him from making bad decisions. All the time,” Ryan reportedly said. “We helped him make much better decisions, which were contrary to kind of what his knee-jerk reaction was. Now I think he’s making some of these knee-jerk reactions.”
A spokesperson for Ryan has pushed back against the idea that the former speaker retired because of Trump. The spokesperson stated that Ryan had been clear that he stepped away because “he retired because he wanted to spend more time being a father and a husband.”
Despite Ryan’s blasting of Trump, many critics say it is too little too late.
There is a handful of Republicans coming to Ryan’s defense, including Sen. Mitt Romney, who lost a bid for the presidency in 2012.
“The fault of our 2012 loss is mine alone,” Romney said. “@SpeakerRyan was a tireless campaigner, fundraiser, and conservative champion.”
“A man like Paul Ryan does not often come along,” the senator added.