Breitbart, the alt-right “news” website formerly headed by Steve Bannon, has never been a fan of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI). In fact, Bannon, who is now Trump’s White House chief strategist, referred to Ryan as “the enemy” in leaked emails shortly after he was elected to the speaker position.
In October 2016, as the presidential campaigns reached peak volume and the shocking recording of Trump bragging that as a celebrity he could “grab” women by their genitals anytime he wanted hit the national media, Paul Ryan held a conference call with Republican candidates across the country fighting for reelection.
Trump’s remarks had made those reelection bids tough for Republicans. Many of them were concerned about what Trump’s words would mean for the party of conservatives and if he had damaged it beyond repair.
At the time, that conference call was recorded and a portion of Ryan’s statements to Republican candidates were reported. He advised those candidates:
‘I would encourage you to do what you think is best and do what you feel you need to do. Personally, you need to decide what’s best for you. And you all know what’s best for you where you are.’
As it turns out, there was a lot more to that statement from Paul Ryan. On Monday night, Breitbart decided to release the full audio and create a serious rift between Trump and the current speaker of the House.
This is not going to go over well.
‘I am not going to defend Donald Trump not now, not in the future […] 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. I talked to a bunch of you over the last 72 hours and here is basically my takeaway.
‘To everyone on this call, this is going to be a turbulent month. Many of you on this call are facing tough reelections. Some of you are not. But with respect to Donald Trump, I would encourage you to do what you think is best and do what you feel you need to do. Personally, you need to decide what’s best for you. And you all know what’s best for you where you are.’
Grab your popcorn, folks. This could get ugly.
For the full audio of Ryan’s comments, see below:
Featured image via Getty/Win McNamee