In an interview that was aired on Sunday, former Wisconsin House Speaker Paul Ryan (R) predicted that former President Trump would likely lose if the Republican Party chose him as its contender in 2024, The Hill reports.
Paul Ryan, who stepped down as Speaker of the House in January 2019, claimed that Trump is not electable, pointing to the recent defeats of the candidates the outgoing president backed in the previous midterm elections.
He said that more “traditional Republican” candidates rather than “Trump Republican” possibilities would help the GOP’s chances in the 2022 midterm elections.
“I think what we now know … with Trump, we lose. I don’t mean this personally — it’s just evidence. We lost the House in ’18. We lost the presidency in ’20. We lost the Senate in ’20,” Ryan added. “And now, in 2022, we should have and could have won the Senate. We didn’t. And we have a much lower majority in the House because of that Trump factor.”
Ryan’s comments follow predictions made last week that the Republican Party will take over the majority in the lower chamber for the first time since 2018.
Trump announced his bid for the presidency in 2024 last Tuesday, amid a flurry of legal inquiries from federal and state authorities as well as continued concerns about his power and position within the Republican Party.