GOP slams Paul Ryan for claiming he doesn’t have the guts to impeach Trump

Republicans and Conservatives have slammed former House Speaker Paul Ryan after he said members of his party “didn’t have the guts” to vote to impeach former President Donald Trump.

Ryan made the remarks Wednesday at an event in Florence, South Carolina, for Republican Rep. Tom Rice, who voted to impeach Trump after the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riots and is now facing a Trump-backed GOP challenger .

“There were a lot of people who wanted to vote like Tom but just didn’t have the guts,” Ryan said.

“There are a lot of people who say they’re going to vote their consciousness, they’re going to vote for the Constitution, they’re going to vote for their beliefs, but when it gets difficult to do that, they don’t. don’t do it,” he said.

Paul Ryan pictured at the Capitol
Former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan walks off the floor of the House of Representatives at the US Capitol December 20, 2018 in Washington, DC. Ryan faces backlash for comments about Republicans impeaching former President Donald Trump.
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Ryan’s comments sparked anger and criticism from conservatives who support the former president, but also from those opposed to Trump, as many social media users call Ryan a “RINO” or a Republican in name only.

Jerrod Sessler, a Republican congressional candidate in Washington’s 4th Circuit, pointed out Ryan’s time as a speaker: “I’m still pretty disappointed in Paul Ryan because he ruined the opportunity that we had in 2017-2019. Doesn’t he yet take responsibility for his own anti-conservative (RINO) actions?”

Florida 1st Circuit Representative Matt Gaetz didn’t directly mention Ryan’s comments, but did tweeted on Thursday: “In the past, Paul Ryan has called me an entertainer, not a lawmaker. @SpeakerRyan was a ship for the special interests to operate through. There was nothing sincere or entertaining about it. He just wasn’t a fighter and that’s his problem.”

Brigitte Gabriel, founder and chair of conservative group ACT for America, tweeted, “The Republican Party said goodbye to Paul Ryan a LONG time ago.”

Nick Adams, who describes himself as “President Trump endorsed,” wrote, “I stand with the finest President Donald J. Trump, non-failed RINO spokesman and Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan.”

“There is no place for Paul Ryan in the Republican Party today,” Adams said in another tweet.

Joe Walsh, a former Republican congressman who publicly opposed former President Trump and supported President Joe Biden, also challenged Ryan’s comments.

“Paul Ryan would have been one of those ‘goodless Republicans.’ Ryan pisses me off because he’s had a great platform for the last 4 years but he said absolutely NOTHING when Trump started a riot, attacked our democracy and destroyed the truth,” Walsh tweeted.

“Ryan has nothing to do with talking about courage,” he added.

Christian Vanderbrouk, who spent eight years in the administration of former President George W. Bush, sarcastically tweeted, “Paul Ryan is showing a lot of courage at Fox these days.”

Ryan joined the board of directors of Fox News’ parent company, Fox Corp., in March 2019. He served as speaker of the House of Representatives from 2015 to 2019 and was the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee. GOP slams Paul Ryan for claiming he doesn’t have the guts to impeach Trump

Rick Schindler

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