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Paul Ryan, the losing vice presidential candidate on the Republican Party’s all-RINO 2012 ticket, says that Donald Trump, the only Republican candidate to win the presidency between 2004 and 2020, cannot win in 2024. Ryan, of course, really hopes that Trump will not regain the presidency, for that would mean the definitive end of the controlled-opposition establishment wing of the Republican Party, in which Ryan was once a central figure. But Ryan on Thursday went beyond expressing the hope that Trump would lose to stating confidently that he would.
According to the New York Post, the failed candidate, who also served as a singularly colorless and ineffective speaker of the House from 2015 to 2019, “offered a blistering assessment Thursday during an interview with Teneo, a D.C. consulting shop where he serves as a vice-chairman.”
“We all know he will lose,” Ryan said flatly, “or let me put it this way: we all know he’s much more likely to lose the White House than anybody else running for president on our side of the aisle. So why would we want to go with that?”
Sounding very much like his successor as House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, Ryan continued: “He’s going to try to intimidate people out of the race as long as he can. Whether he runs or not, I don’t really know if it matters … He’s not going to be the nominee, I don’t think.”
Why not? Ryan didn’t say, but it does seem clear that the establishment, both Democrat and Republican, will be busy doing everything in its power in 2024 to prevent Trump from reentering the White House on Jan. 20, 2025. After all, he was impeached twice on the flimsiest of pretexts. He was framed for collusion with Russia, in which he did not engage.
Even now, nearly two years after he left the White House, he is facing likely indictment on more baseless charges. Members of the establishment are so desperate to keep Donald Trump out of the White House that they’ve embarked upon an all-out search for a crime they can hang on him so as to put him safely behind bars or at least render him unelectable.
Such a witch hunt is unprecedented in American history. Whatever one may think of Donald Trump, it is clear that he rattles the corrupt kleptocrats in Washington like no one else, and that’s why they’re so hell-bent on destroying him. And so Paul Ryan, a central member of that establishment, may well be right that Trump will not be the Republican nominee in 2024, but if he isn’t, it will almost certainly not be because he has been rejected by Republican primary voters; it will be because the elites have found some way to take his candidacy off the table.
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