Jul 14, 2019

Trump: People like Paul Ryan almost killed the Republican Party

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.'
"People like Paul Ryan almost killed the Republican Party. Weak, ineffective & stupid are not exactly the qualities that Republicans, or the CITIZENS of our Country, were looking for. Right now our spirit is at an all time high, far better than the Radical Left Dems. You’ll see next year!"

The big picture: Trump called Ryan "a long running lame duck failure" in a series of tweets Thursday, after it emerged that the former House speaker spoke about the president during a series of interviews for Tim Alberta's upcoming book "American Carnage," which details the Republican Party's reaction to the rise of Trump.

  • Ryan says in the book that he viewed his retirement from Congress as an "escape hatch" from working with the president.

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Tim Ryan on the issues, in under 500 words

Tim Ryan. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Editor's Note: Ryan dropped out of contention for the Democratic presidential nomination on Oct. 24, 2019. Below is our original article on his candidacy.

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House Democrats relish Trump fight

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Unlike their reluctance on impeachment, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the House Democratic leadership were eager to make a public spectacle of President Trump's racist comments.

What happened: In a blistering floor speech, Pelosi described Trump's tweets as "disgraceful," "disgusting," and "racist," prompting Georgia Republican Rep. Doug Collins to demand her words be "taken down."

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Jon Stewart: Rand Paul blocking 9/11 Victim Fund bill is an abomination

Former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart. Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Jon Stewart told Fox News Wednesday it's "outrageous" that Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) backed President Trump’s $1.5 trillion tax cuts adding "hundreds of billions of dollars to our deficit" but he voted against 9/11 first responders' funding.

Details: Paul cited national debt concerns when he voted along with Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) against a Senate bill that would extend the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, which is running out of money. Stewart said making first responders "beg for something that this country should have done 14 years ago" was "an abomination." 

The other side: Paul's office told Fox News he's "not blocking anything." "He's simply seeking to pay for it," the statement reads, according to host Bret Baier. "As with any bill, Senator Paul always believes it needs to be paid for. Senator Paul is simply offering an amendment, which other senators support, to pay for this legislation."

  • Lee has "placed a hold on the legislation," a spokesperson told the Washington Post. The senator "fully expects the 9/11 compensation bill to pass before the August recess and he is seeking a vote to ensure the fund has the proper oversight in place to prevent fraud and abuse," the spokesperson said.

The big picture: Stewart told Fox News in June first responders were "at the end of their rope" with Congress and that the issue has "never been dealt with compassionately" by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). McConnell pledged to address the issue.

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