Trump slams Paul Ryan’s role with Fox Corp., says network ‘will never be the same’

Former President Donald Trump pulled no punches this week in responding to a speech by former House Speaker and Fox Corp. board member Paul Ryan, saying that since the latter assumed a leadership role at the network, it has “totally lost its way,” and it “will never be the same,” as Mediaite reports.

Trump went after Ryan in a statement issued through his Save America PAC, and his comments come on the heels of a speech the former Wisconsin congressman delivered to a group of conservatives at the Reagan Library in California on Thursday, according to CBS News.

At that event, Ryan cautioned Republicans about the future direction of the party, suggesting that voters are not interested in continuing the Trump trajectory, asserting, “If the conservative cause depends on the populist appeal of one personality, or on second-rate imitations, then we’re not going anywhere. Voters looking for Republican leaders want to see independence and mettle.”

Making no secret whatsoever of the political personality to whom he was referring, Ryan added, “They will not be impressed by the sight of yes-men and flatterers flocking to Mar-a-Lago,” Trump’s lavish Florida resort.

It did not take Trump long to dispatch a scathing reply to Ryan’s assessment, with the former president assailing the former speaker, whom he called “RINO Paul Ryan.” Trump accused Ryan of losing “all vote-getting capability with the people he represented in Wisconsin” and of being “the single biggest factor, other than [Mitt] Romney himself, for the monumental Romney/Ryan loss in the presidential race of 2012.”

Trump called out what he sees as the audacity of Paul now “speaking to other Republicans telling them how to win elections,” recalling, “I was in the Great State of Wisconsin when they booed him off the podium – I literally had to come to his rescue.”

Moving on to Ryan’s role at Fox Corp., which began in March of 2019, Trump opined, “It was the day that Ryan went on the board of Fox (Fox will never be the same!) that Fox totally lost its way and became a much different place, with millions of its greatest supporters fleeing for good.”

Friday’s statement from Trump was not the first time he has taken issue with Ryan’s presence on the Fox board, referencing him by name last summer in a string of tweets criticizing the network and calling for “an alternative” media vehicle to emerge. At the time, Trump expressed his belief that “Fox keeps on plugging to try and become politically correct. They put RINO Paul Ryan on their board,” as The Hill noted.

In light of the network’s controversial early calls on Election Night 2020, the shameful performance of Sunday host Chris Wallace as a debate moderator last fall, and deepening frustration with the on-air conduct of certain personalities, Trump is certainly not alone in his assessment of the state of Fox during Ryan’s board tenure.

 
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  2. Paul Ryan does not deserve to be speaking at the Ronald Reagan Library. Ryan belongs more at ABC than at Fox.

  3. Who is the swamp rat because I have not seen any new hires on FOX. They have moved strong conservatives around to prime time shows and less stronger ones to the after news but I have not seen a new non Trump hire unless they are on when I am doing something else.

  4. Paul Ryan is DEEP STATE to the core! A corrupt POS if I ever saw one. Watch it Ryan: The Lord is on the move, and He has His eyes on you. He sees everything you have done.

  5. Paul Ryan is 100% responsible for the loss of the House to the democrats in 2018 because as speaker of the House he kept blocking legislation that would have helped this country and its people simply because he didn’t like Trump. Ryan is a traitor to this country and the republican party.

  6. I’m a 78 year old VET and was a Republican No longer a Republican until the party gets rid of the RINOS and we know who you are! Donald Trump is the best president this country has ever had and will go down in history as the best Biden will go down as the worst president sorry for you folks that voted for him you were mislead by CNN & MSNBC ! What I find amusing is their aren’t any DINOS they all stick together like glue! Vote the RINOS out and bring back our country!!

  7. News Max has so many ex-Fox people I’m beginning to believe we will see many more over and let the Rino types stay on Fox. At least Juan Williams left.

  8. Just when you think Fox News has begun it’s way back toward true consertavism, they go and hire a SWAMP RAT. Nothing new here except for the fact that Fox hired the RAT. He’s been a SWAMP RAT for a long time.

  9. Once the owner handed Fox News over to his sons & daughter-in-laws, the kiss of death happened. On 11/3/20 was the last time I watched & witnessed the 4 of them jumping up & down in joy, one of the women was chanting “We did it, we did it”!!! The station called Arizona way too early & since then your come back is never going to happen. You betrayed your audience. If you think Rotten Ryan will help you, you’re wrong again. I guess your former loyal viewers can say “We did it, we did it”!! Go OAN…

  10. You have to consider the source when considering who and what is being said. Paul Ryan is a RAT. He belongs to the RAT PACK DEMS GROUP not the Republicans. He was washed up years ago. When you have to keep downing another Person, you need to look in the mirror first. You really need a
    big look at why you are downing that person. Is it because of your Large Inferiority Complex. PAUL RYAN CANNOT TIE DONALD TRUMP’S SHOE LACES.
    HE IS A HAS BEEN.
    AND ONLY DONALD TRUMP WITH RON DESANTIS CAN BRING US BACK TO WHERE OUR COUNTRY SHOULD BE AND GET OUR RESPECT BACK.
    I AM ASHAMED TO SAY WHO IS OUR GOVERNMENT TODAY. THEY ARE NOT QUALIFIED TO RUN THEIR OWN LIVES LET ALONE OUR COUNTRY AND THEY LOVE SPENDING OUR MONEY AND PUTTING MORE MONEY IN THEIR POCKETS AND SELL US DOWN THE RIVER.
    GOD IS IN CONTROL. HE WILL NOT ALLOW THEM TO RUIN AMERICA OR THE WORLD. HE MADE IT. IT IS HIS WORLD AND AMERICA.

  11. Paul Ryan is truly an longtime Establishment GOP professional career politician, he is one of DC’s Swamp Creature. The citizenry of Janesville, Wisconsin can’t name one major achievement he accomplished for them; except the closing of one of GM’s factories. Truly he is a RINO and he cares only about himself and his future career in polities.

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