Paul Ryan was set to talk at the Reagan Ranch about the Republican Party’s future. The issue is that he is unable to comprehend either the past or the present.
The following is the text of Paul Ryan’s speech, which was released to the media:
Paul Ryan, the former House Speaker, grew up idolizing Ronald Reagan and rose to political power under Donald Trump.
As a result, Ryan, a former Wisconsin politician who served in the 1st Congressional District for 20 years, was chosen to kick off a speaker series on the Republican Party’s and conservative movement’s future.
The setting: the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.
“Once again, we conservatives find ourselves at a crossroads,” Ryan will say, according to excerpts of the speech he’s expected to give Thursday night.
Ryan had a tense relationship with Trump during his final two years as House Speaker. On major topics, such as a significant tax cut, he collaborated with the White House. However, there were occasions when Ryan criticized the previous president’s tone and tweets.
In his speech, Ryan walked the same tightrope, stating he was “proud of the longstanding pledges Republicans kept” during Trump’s presidency.
Ryan served in Congress for 20 years, representing Janesville and Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District, but did not seek re-election in 2018.
Ryan, the GOP’s vice presidential nominee in 2012, has dismissed speculation that he would run for president in 2024, telling the Associated Press recently, “I’m pleased where I am.”
Ryan, 51, is a visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame and a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He is also a member of the board of Fox Corporation.
He is also the president of the American Idea Foundation, a non-profit organization he founded in 2019 to promote center-right alternatives to poverty alleviation.
Without naming Trump, Ryan will add: “And here’s one reality we have to face. If the conservative cause depends on the populist appeal of one personality, or on second-rate imitations, then we’re not going anywhere. Voters looking for Republican leaders want to see independence and mettle.”
How engaged and furious a Republican is about the 2020 election is a litmus test for whether or not they are for the Party and the future of America.
They aren’t truly present-day and future-day Republicans if they don’t feel Trump, the Republican Party, and America were stolen.