By Jon Dougherty
In an interview with Breitbart News this week, President Donald Trump dropped a bombshell that went largely unnoticed even by the independent media that helps explain why Republicans didn’t proceed further in their attempts to unravel the massive “Spygate” scandal and coup attempt against him.
It was thanks largely to former House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).
POTUS noted that Ryan was responsible for blocking subpoenas for people the president believes should have been questioned over their alleged roles in the scandal. Worse, now that Democrats control the House, Ryan essentially protected people who have now gotten away with whatever it was that warranted investigation.
To their credit, the president said firebrand Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) of the House Freedom Caucus wanted to be much tougher in their pursuit of people they believe were tied to the scandal, but alas, Ryan the RINO wouldn’t allow it.
“Paul Ryan wouldn’t give the right to have any subpoenas,” Trump told Breitbart News. “Okay? Now in all fairness, Meadows and Jordan and all these guys, they wanted to go tougher, but they weren’t allowed to by leadership.”
POTUS’ comments were in context about how the Left is more “vicious” than the Right—and that the Left in American politics plays “cuter and tougher.”
“You know, the left plays a tougher game, it’s very funny. I actually think that the people on the right are tougher, but they don’t play it tougher. Okay?” the president told the news outlet.
“I can tell you I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump – I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough — until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad. But the left plays it cuter and tougher,” he added.
“Like with all the nonsense that they do in Congress … with all this invest[igations]—that’s all they want to do is, you know, they do things that are nasty. Republicans never played this.”
The president’s relationship with Ryan was never good. The Speaker only reluctantly backed him for president and routinely failed to align with Trump on important campaign issues like getting rid of Obamacare and funding for the promised border wall — though Republicans had campaigned on that issue for years.
After Trump’s political enemies tied the release of the Billy Bush “Access Hollywood” tape just weeks before the election — the ultimate “October surprise” — Ryan told Republicans on a conference call he wouldn’t have a problem dumping his party’s own presidential nominee.
“I am not going to defend Donald Trump—not now, not in the future,” Ryan said on the private call, the audio of which was later obtained by Breitbart News and published in early 2017.
Ryan never campaigned with the president, either, and only provided $5 billion in wall funding towards the end of his tenure in December because he knew that the Senate wouldn’t pass it.
If the president has ever been right about one thing, it’s that Republican leaders have no stomach for a fight, cannot match Leftist Democrats in their intensity to pursue their agenda at any cost and are far too concerned with what the media thinks about them — even in an age where Trump has shown them that the media doesn’t have all of the power and influence to make and break candidates like him who stand up and fight back.
Conservative talk radio giant Rush Limbaugh has opined before that he doesn’t believe Republicans feel or sense the same dread or danger to the republic posed by the Left as tens of millions of their voters do. Judging by the way the party’s leaders behave, that may be true.
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