The knives are out in Washington this week, after a bevy of varied and wild predictions about the midterm elections failed to materialize, sending both parties into some serious soul-searching.
As is usually the case, the mainstream media has focused largely on the failures on the right side of the aisle, as they gloatingly display their liberal bias for the world to see.
And they’re getting some from a few prominent Republicans as well, with folks like former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan laying into former President Donald Trump during an interview with a local news station.
Reporter Caroline Reinwald asked, “Republicans didn’t see that red wave like they were predicting. Why do you think that is, and what kind of lessons do you think Republican leadership should be taking away from that?”
Ryan said, “I think we’re going to have to do a lot of soul searching and head scratching, looking through and parsing the numbers as to why we didn’t perform as well as we would have liked to.”
He added, “I think Trump’s kind of a drag on our ticket. I think Donald Trump gives us problems politically. We lost the House, the Senate and the White House in two years when Trump was on the ballot or in office. I think we just have some Trump hangover. I think he’s a drag on our office, on our races.”
Reinwald asked, “What do you think’s going to happen if Donald Trump announces he’s going to run for president again?”
Ryan said, “I mean, I assume he’s going to announce, but I honestly don’t think he’ll get the nomination at the end of the day. We want to win. We want to win the White House, and we know with Trump we’re so much more likely to lose.”
Ryan and Trump have very rarely seen eye-to-eye, and this latest flippant insult certainly isn’t out of character for the former House Speaker.