Former House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) threw water on Donald Trump’s chances for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination on Thursday. (Watch the video below.)
“I think Trump’s ineligibility will be palpable by then,” Ryan said. “We all know he’s going to lose. We all know he’s far more likely to lose the White House than any other presidential candidate on our side of the aisle, so why would we want to accept this?
Ryan, who announced his retirement from Congress in 2018, maintained the doubt in an interview posted on YouTube with Teneo, a public relations firm. He is the vice president of the company.
Ryan said Trump would try to bully other Republicans into not joining the race, but predicted the strategy would ultimately fail.
“The only reason he stays where he is is because everyone’s scared of him,” Ryan said. “They are afraid that he will come after them, harming their own ambition. But once you get the herd mentality, it’s unstoppable.
“Whether he runs or not, I don’t really know if it matters,” added Ryan. “He won’t be the candidate, I don’t think.”
Ryan, like many Republicans, was hailed by Trump and then attacked for criticizing him.
When Ryan announced he was leaving office, then-President Trump praised him as a “really good man” with “a legacy of achievement.”
But this year, when Ryan said many Republicans lacked the “courage” to impeach Trump, the ex-president called him a “pathetic loser.”
Fast forward to 40:20 for Ryan’s remarks on Trump: