Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan may want to remember that in this election year. At a Trump rally in Janesville, Ryan's home town, on Tuesday, the crowd booed Congressman Ryan.
From the Hill:
"How do you like Paul Ryan? You like him?" Trump asked the crowd in Ryan's home of Janesville, Wis.
While some in the crowd cheered, a hearty boo took over the room.
"I was told to be nice to Paul Ryan. He's the speaker, he's a nice guy, he called me the other day, he was very nice …”
Surprised at the audience reaction, Trump asked the supporters whether they were Republicans and conservative. To both, the crowd cheered.To be fair, many in the crowd may have come from outside the strict, and even if they did not, they represent a small section of the 700,000 or so souls in his district.
Still, the public has been pissed for a long time, and many conservatives in the Never Trump movement are tone deaf to this.
They do not get that it is the message, not the messenger, that matter. What we are seeing is Washington pushing against the majority of Americans, who do not have a college degree and connections.
Free trade hurts them. So do illegal immigration. And they tire of the excuses for Muslim terrorism.
Oh and he will be primary-ed.
From the Washington Times:
Wisconsin businessman Paul Nehlen announced Tuesday that he is the tea party-allied candidate who is challenging House Speaker Paul D. Ryan in the Republican primary, saying he’s “had it” with the speaker betraying conservatives.
Sources first confirmed to The Washington Times earlier this week that a wealthy businessman was mounting a primary challenge to Mr. Ryan in Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District, but Mr. Nehlen did not reveal his identity until now.
“Paul Ryan’s embrace of big government spending, his continued support of illegal immigration and imported workers, and his championing of the job-killing trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership betrays me, this district, and this nation,” he said.
“He’s failed to put America’s security and American jobs first. I’ve had it. We’ve all had it,” said Mr. Nehlen, a successful executive, entrepreneur and inventor who previously donated to Mr. Ryan’s campaigns.
“Ted Cruz and Donald Trump have become frontrunners in this presidential election cycle because they have dared to communicate an anti-establishment message. They won’t be alone,” he said. “I will bring the fight straight to one of the most powerful establishment players in Washington, taking him on right here in Wisconsin’s 1st District. Paul Ryan is a career politician. It’s time that career came to an end.”Maybe Eric Cantor can find an opening at his lobbying firm next January.