Paul Ryan just slammed Republicans who didn’t vote to impeach Donald Trump
“Once the violence began, when the Capitol was under siege, when the Capitol Police were being beaten and killed, and when the Vice President and the Congress were being locked down, the President was watching and tweeted about the Vice President’s lack of courage.
“For hours while the riot continued, the President communicated only on Twitter and offered only weak requests for restraint. …
“… It has been a week since so many were injured, the United States Capitol was ransacked, and six people were killed, including two police officers. Yet, the President has not addressed the nation to ask for calm. He has not visited the injured and grieving. He has not offered condolences. Yesterday in a press briefing at the border, he said his comments were ‘perfectly appropriate.'”
For Ryan, his comments represent a clear criticism of not only the man who still runs the Republican Party, but also of many of the colleagues he once served with. While Ryan doesn’t name any names, it’s easy to imagine his critique being directed at House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who hopes to be speaker come January 2023.
McCarthy was openly critical of Trump in the immediate aftermath of the January 6 riot.
“The President bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters,” McCarthy said on the House floor soon after the insurrection. “He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding. These facts require immediate action by President Trump.”
McCarthy voted against impeachment. He has since tried to downplay Trump’s actions on January 6.