"I am not going to defend Donald Trump — not now, not in the future." - Paul Ryan
That was an excerpt from an audio recording during the House Republicans conference call before the election in October, 2016.
Right-wing news site Breitbart released audio of Paul Ryan's conference call on Monday night, just before the House Speaker and President Trump met to discuss Trumpcare.
Breitbart's calculated move against Ryan comes from its strongest White House supporters' campaign to oust both him and the American Health Care Act from the picture completely.
Ryan's comments denigrating Trump were made after the Access Hollywood video of then Republican nominee Trump's lewd conversation with Billy Bush was released.
His comments are not anywhere in keeping with our party’s principles and values. There are basically two things that I want to make really clear, as for myself, as your Speaker. I am not going to defend Donald Trump — not now, not in the future. As you probably heard, I disinvited him from my first congressional district GOP event this weekend — a thing I do every year. And I’m not going to be campaigning with him over the next 30 days.
The House Speaker has long been criticized for being a moral coward for his steadfast silence about Trump during the presidential campaign. Yet, his endorsement for the Republican candidate remained intact since his mission to repeal Obamacare wouldn't be possible without Trump's position in the White House.
Maybe it was Trump's comment about grabbing women's genitalia that made Ryan break the silence.
In the same conference call, Ryan also added:
Look, you guys know I have real concerns with our nominee. I hope you appreciate that I’m doing what I think is best for you, the members, not what’s best for me. So, I want to do what’s best for our members, and I think this is the right thing to do. I’m going to focus my time on campaigning for House Republicans.
According to the Congressional Budget Office, 24 million people will lose coverage under Trumpcare by 2026. Breitbart lit a fuse in the hopes that the controversial health care plan, strongly opposed by many and endorsed by Ryan, would just blow up in his face.
Have a listen to Paul Ryan's smear against Donald Trump from October 2016's conference call on the next page.