An unnamed longtime GOP donor told the Daily Caller that while Paul Ryan made it clear in an op-ed that he would be voting for Trump this November, the Speaker actually wants Trump to lose to Hillary Clinton, in order to make it easier for Ryan to run for president four years from now.
A longtime Republican financial backer who attended a New York fundraiser held by Chris Christie for Donald Trump Thursday tells The Daily Caller that most Republican donors are on board with Trump, yet House Speaker Paul Ryan is hoping Trump loses so he can run in four years.
The source tells TheDC that the reason Ryan has not been coming out strongly for Trump is because of his desire to run in four years. Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who has been fervently anti-Trump, also wants to run in four years, according to the longtime Republican backer. Romney will be 73 in 2020.
Not surprisingly, Paul Ryan’s office flatly denied that the Speaker had any secret desires for Trump to fail in the general election. One of Ryan’s aides told the Daily Caller, “Speaker Ryan said in an op-ed in the Janesville Gazette last week that he is voting for Donald Trump and of course he wants the Republican nominee to win in November.”
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It wouldn’t at all be surprising to find out that Paul Ryan has ulterior motives in everything he does. He seemed to be deviously campaigning for president in the weeks and months prior to Donald Trump clinching the nomination. Then, once it was clear that Trump had garnered the required number of delegates, Paul Ryan wrote his carefully crafted endorsement in the Janesville Gazette.
But just days after that, Ryan was quick to denounce the presumptive nominee for his remarks regarding Judge Curiel. Trump came under fire from the press and other critics, including several in the GOP. Paul Ryan offered the most scathing critique, stating that Trump’s remark was the “textbook definition of a racist comment.”