Former GOP House Speaker Condemns Trump

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( – Former Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who had been the leader of the Republican House majority during the first half of the Trump administration, has argued that former president Donald Trump was not a conservative, but instead, he was an “authoritarian narcissist.” 

Ryan recently defended former Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) for having stood up to the former President. He added that he expected there were a number of GOP lawmakers now who regretted not voting in favor of his impeachment, adding that this would have helped remove Trump from the political stage.

In a recent video conference interview Ryan told Kevin Kajiwara, the co-president of Teneo Political Risk Advisory, that Trump was not a conservative but that he had been called out for instead being a “populist authoritarian narcissist.” 

He added that from a historical point of view, all of the tendencies exhibited by Trump are a result of his narcissism. As he stated Trump makes his decisions and moves based on what makes him popular and does not actually think in the way that conservatives do. Instead, he argued that he had an authoritarian viewpoint and that he had been able to get a large part of the Republican base to support him because he was a “culture warrior.”

Ryan stated that the two former Representatives had moved away from the crowd and had called the former president out, which ended up costing them their careers. However, as he argued this was still the correct move, as principles are important.

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