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Book: Trump Tore Into Paul Ryan After Charlottesville Criticism

A new book by a former insider provides vivid details about life in the Trump White House, according to the Washington Post, which says it obtained a copy.

The book, “Team of Vipers” by ex-communications aide Cliff Sims, is out next week.

From an excerpt in the Post:

President Trump watched on television, increasingly angry as House Speaker Paul D. Ryan criticized his handling of the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. He held the remote control “like a pistol” and yelled for an assistant to get the Republican leader on the phone.

“Paul, do you know why Democrats have been kicking your a– for decades? Because they know a little word called ‘loyalty,’ ” Trump told Ryan, then a Wisconsin congressman. “Why do you think Nancy [Pelosi] has held on this long? Have you seen her? She’s a disaster. Every time she opens her mouth another Republican gets elected. But they stick with her . . . Why can’t you be loyal to your president, Paul?”

The tormenting continued. Trump recalled Ryan distancing himself from Trump in October 2016, in the days after the “Access Hollywood” video in which he bragged of fondling women first surfaced in The Washington Post.

“I remember being in Wisconsin and your own people were booing you,” Trump told him, according to former West Wing communications aide Cliff Sims. “You were out there dying like a dog, Paul. Like a dog! And what’d I do? I saved your a–.”

6 Responses to Book: Trump Tore Into Paul Ryan After Charlottesville Criticism

  1. What a disappointment it must have been (and still is) that other Repubs don’t support the sitting President. MrTrump surely was stunned to find that he has few supporters in Congress, especially when his agenda is what they have touted as their political goal for decades.
    oh: I hold my TV remote “like a gun”, too.

    • They were more concerned with “sounding good” than actually “doing good.”

      It’s a malady which afflicts both parties in Congress, alas; it makes the Democrats over-promise, and the Republicans under-deliver.

  2. He has one problem, but it is critical.

    He is unorthodox. He doesn’t talk like a politician, doesn’t act like a politician. He is often rude and crude, which politicians are not supposed to be.

    But I and many others voted for him because he is not your stereotype Washington DC hack.

    • There have been other ‘salty’ presidents in the past….

      LBJ was unbelievably direct and vulgar…. You know — Mr. Great Society.

      Truman was direct and blunt — I would not say vulgar — threatening as President to beat the crap out of a critic of his daughter’s singing —

      Gentile Jack Kennedy was far from…

      Bill Clinton — certainly never did anything Access Hollywood like Trump talked about… /sarc

      Trump is not that far different…just not their guy (anymore) — loved him in NYC when he was a democrat.

  3. As I say repeatedly – Ryan and the other GOP elites need to wake up. It’s easier for the base to find new elites than for the elites to find a new base. And they wonder why they keep losing elections.
    Reagan had a similar problem, albeit not as bad, because the GOP leadership was smart enough to recognize he was generally popular w/ the American people. I don’t believe the polls. Trump is just as popular, if not more so.