Wisconsin conservative Paul Ryan, previously a U.S Congress Speaker of the House and the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee, declared he wouldn’t be attending the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee if former President Donald Trump becomes the candidate for GOP.
“It depends on who the nominee is. I’ll be here if it’s somebody not named Trump,” Ryan told WISN 12 News.
Ryan, now vice chairman of Teneo, a public relations and CEO advisory firm, has been a vocal critic of the former president in recent months.
“Trump ‘is a proven loser,” Ryan told CNN’s Jake Tapper last month. He cost us the House in ’18, he cost us the White House in ’20, he cost us the Senate again and again.”
“He’s fading fast.”
Ryan suggested that, as the Republicans shift their focus to considerations such as fiscal responsibility, Trump is unlikely to get their nomination.
Sans Sarah Palin, the Republican Party’s presidential and vice presidential nominees in 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012 have either distanced themselves from today’s GOP or been very critical of the party’s new direction.