Paul Ryan

Trump: People like Paul Ryan almost killed the Republican Party

President Donald J. Trump (R) shakes hands with Speaker of the House U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) in the U.S. House of Representatives January 30, 2018 in Washington, DC.
Then-House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Trump. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

President Trump stepped up his Twitter attacks on former House Speaker Paul Ryan Saturday, accusing conservatives like him of almost killing the Republican Party.

"House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is a far superior leader than was Lame Duck Speaker Paul Ryan. Tougher, smarter and a far better fundraiser, Kevin is already closing in on 44 Million Dollars. Paul’s final year numbers were, according to Breitbart, 'abysmal.'

Trump blasts Paul Ryan as a "lame duck failure"

President Trump blasted former House Speaker Paul Ryan as "a long running lame duck failure" in a series of Thursday tweets.

"He quit Congress because he didn't know how to Win. They gave me standing O's in the Great State of Wisconsin, & booed him off the stage. ... Couldn't get him out of Congress fast enough!"

The big picture: It emerged earlier Thursday that Ryan said he viewed his retirement from Congress as an "escape hatch" from working with the president during a series of interviews for Tim Alberta's forthcoming book "American Carnage," which details the Republican Party's reaction to the rise of Trump.

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