Paul Ryan's Message For Donald Trump Has People Talking

It appears retired politician Paul Ryan has a chip on his shoulder and he's definitely not mincing words when it comes to President Donald Trump and how he believes Trump should be behaving regarding the outcome of the 2020 election.

As reported by Politico, during a conference, the 2012 Republican vice presidential candidate had strong words for Trump's attorneys — including that the "attacks on our voting system really need to stop, in my opinion." He followed up by saying, "The outcome will not be changed, and it will only serve to undermine our faith in our system of government, our faith in our democracy." Ryan also referred to Trump's attorneys claims as "baseless conspiracy theories." 

But that's not all the conservative had to say regarding Trump's antics following the 2020 election. Keep reading to find out what else Ryan had to say to the current sitting president and President-elect Joe Biden.

Paul Ryan believes the will of the people should be respected

Paul Ryan doubled down on President Donald Trump respecting the will of the people, per Politico. "So, the election is over. The outcome is certain, and I really think the orderly transfer of power — that is one of the most uniquely fundamental American components of our political system. And I think it's really important that we respect that, we respect the will of the people, and if we don't, we end up doing damage to our country, to our democratic institutions and norms and to the cause of freedom." 

Ryan added, "I really think it's in the president's best interest to acknowledge these things and not just have the GSA technically facilitate the transfer of power, but to embrace the transfer of power, the system we have."

He also had some advice for President-elect Joe Biden. "I personally think it's in Joe Biden's best interest — he obviously would not want to hear this — for us to win these Georgia Senate seats, because then he really does have divided government and he really does have to work with both sides of the aisle and you won't have the building pressure from the left to try and jam the other side." 

The internet, as always, had thoughts about Ryan's opinions, and everyone seems united: They want Ryan to just stop. Numerous people have shared the same sentiment, asking for Ryan to just sit down and be quiet. Looks like he's not going to listen, though.

Paul Ryan called out Donald Trump before

Paul Ryan isn't averse to speaking his mind, even when it contradicts the opinions of Republicans and President Donald Trump. For instance, after Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, during a 2018 summit, Trump told Americans that Putin (a former KGB spy, per The Washington Post) didn't interfere in the 2016 election. "President Putin says it's not Russia. I don't see any reason why it would be," Trump said, according to the BBC. That statement went against the findings of multiple American intelligence agencies, which stated that there was Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, The New York Times noted.

In response, Ryan slammed the 45th president of the United States. "There is no question that Russia interfered in our election and continues attempts to undermine democracy here and around the world," Ryan said, as reported by The Hill. "This is not just the finding of the American intelligence community but also the House Committee on Intelligence. The president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally." 

Paul Ryan and Donald Trump's feud is deep-rooted

Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump have quite some history of disliking each other, and after Ryan retired from Congress in 2018, some may have thought the feud would dissipate. As it turns out, it did quite the opposite.

In a 2018 interview with Politico's Tim Alberta, Ryan confessed that he had to swallow his pride after Trump's 2016 election victory. "I told myself, I got to have a relationship with this guy to help him get his mind right. Because, I'm telling you, he didn't know anything about government," he said. Instead of scolding the president in public, Ryan thought it was best to do it privately with Trump, which ended up working for both politicians, as Alberta described (via AP) in his 2019 book, American Carnage. Trump did not appreciate the comments, and in return, he told reporters Ryan was a "baby" who had "no idea" what he was doing, according to Politico.

It seems that Ryan's new message for Donald Trump only proves that the feud is ongoing, no? Only time will tell whether Trump takes the bait and responds or finishes the fight with silence.