As this presidential election pushes forward, part of me is beginning to wonder if Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is actively trying to sabotage Donald Trump’s chances of winning. While he’s not overtly doing anything that could be pointed to as that “there it is” moment where he admits that he doesn’t want Trump to become our next president (because he would never outright admit that), if you look at some of the things he’s said over the last few weeks, he’s been dropping not-so-subtle hints that he doesn’t want his party’s presumptive nominee to be successful this November.
Take for instance comments he made at a Wall Street Journal lunch in Cleveland where he said Trump’s “not my kind of conservative.”
As reported byThe Hill:
Speaker Paul Ryan, the chairman of the GOP convention here, said Monday he believes that Donald Trump is a conservative, just “not my kind of conservative.”
“But I come from a different part and wing of the party,” the Wisconsin Republican said at a Wall Street Journal lunch in downtown Cleveland just as the Republican National Convention kicked off.
“I think he is a conservative,” Ryan said of the presumptive GOP presidential nominee. “There are different kinds of conservatives, that’s for darn sure.”
There was absolutely no reason why Ryan had to say that Trump isn’t his “kind of conservative.” I don’t care that he later went on to claim that Trump is a conservative by pretending as if his statement was nothing more than him trying to talk about how “diverse” conservatives can be. This is something he didn’t have to say, but did anyway in deliberate attempt to put that quote out there knowing that it would be picked up nationally.
In true Paul Ryan fashion (because he’s a coward), he made sure to make a bold statement — then immediately try to walk it back. He does things like this because he’s terrified what would happen to his own political ambitions if he angers the legions of Trump supporters he’ll desperately need if he wants any chance at becoming president one day.
But on the first day of your party’s convention, when there are already lingering questions regarding party unity, for the de facto “leader of the GOP” to say that his party’s nominee isn’t his “kind of conservative” wasn’t an accident. While I despise Ryan on many levels, he’s not an idiot and he wouldn’t say something like this without a purpose. Though I do think a lot of what he’s been saying and doing regarding Donald Trump has more to do with him trying to walk the tightrope between not angering him or his supporters, while also not cozying up to the New York billionaire so much that it could backfire on him later in his career.
However, if you ask me, it’s blatantly obvious that, while he’ll never admit that it’s true, Paul Ryan seems to be doing as much as he thinks he can get away with to hurt Donald Trump’s chances at winning this November. That’s a huge risk because when he does run for president one day, Donald Trump could be a giant thorn in his side if he loses and feels Ryan was trying to undermine his campaign.