If the conservative cause depends on the populist appeal of one personality, or of second-rate imitations, then we're not going anywhere. Voters looking for Republican leaders want to see independence and mettle. — Paul Ryan, Former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
If the conservative cause depends on the populist appeal of one personality, or of second-rate imitations, then we're not going anywhere. Voters looking for Republican leaders want to see independence and mettle. — Paul Ryan, Former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
Paul Ryan enters GOP's civil war by criticizing Trump's hold on party
Ryan, a critic of the former President in the past, said at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, that Republicans must move away from the "populist appeal of one personality" because "then we're not going anywhere."

"Once again, we conservatives find ourselves at a crossroads. And here's the reality that we have to face: If the conservative cause depends on the populist appeal of one personality, or of second-rate imitations, then we're not going anywhere. Voters looking for Republican leaders want to see independence and mettle," Ryan said.

... Although Ryan didn't mention Trump by name in his criticism, the remarks by the Republican Party's 2012 vice presidential nominee add him to a growing list of establishment Republicans who are publicly objecting to Trump's grip on the party.

Like-minded Republicans, including Ryan's predecessor, John Boehner, have lamented the current direction of the party, which has actively rebuked and ostracized members who have taken on Trump and his brand of populist and nativist politics.

... In his speech, he also warned his fellow conservatives at being drawn into cultural battles with Democrats.

"As the left gets more 'woke,' the rest of America is getting weary. This stuff is exhausting. And we conservatives have got to be careful not to get caught up in every little cultural battle," he said. "Sometimes these skirmishes are just creations of outrage peddlers, detached from reality and not worth anybody's time. They draw attention away from the far more important case we must make to the American people."
Read the full article: https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/27/politics/paul-ryan-donald-trump-gop-reagan-presidential-library-republicans/index.html