How Donald Trump might have saved Paul Ryan’s job

by Rachael Bade |  |  published on November 17, 2016


Days before the presidential election, Freedom Caucus Chairman Jim Jordan called a small group of his closest House colleagues to deliver the news: The ringleader of the conservative agitators would soon mount a challenge to House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Jordan (R-Ohio) had been mulling a long-shot bid for weeks, and during a meeting in Washington the week before the election, some members of the group urged him to go for it. Jordan set up a whip operation to start courting support the day after the election, and his cohorts kept the plan a secret — even from some of their own members.

Then Donald Trump won. And the Freedom Caucus plot, like every other assumption about post-election Washington, was blown to pieces.

For the sake of GOP unity, Jordan fell in line behind Ryan, who was nominated Tuesday for a second term in a secret-ballot internal election. Not a single lawmaker went on record to oppose him. One of the founders of the Freedom Caucus, Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C), even nominated Ryan for the post.

In perhaps the most unforeseen twist of the past week, the man who laid the path for Ryan’s easy reelection was Trump himself. The president-elect’s victory, followed by his apparent willingness to accept Ryan despite their frequent clashes during the campaign, might well have saved the Wisconsin Republican’s job.

  • CharlieSeattle

    Ryan is a RINO.

  • justinwachin

    This is a good move on Donald’s part. If he wants his agenda to be implemented he needs to make sure he doesn’t create ill will on Capitol Hill among the Republicans.

    Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell’s job heading into this election was to protect their majorities and try to add to them. Fortunately both men were successful. There will be plenty of time to deal with the Republican leadership on Capitol Hill if they become roadblocks for the Trump agenda. As the first President Bush said campaigns divide and elections decide. The decision has been made. I expect Sen. McConnell and Speaker Ryan both are aware of the decision that was made and will work to make President Trump successful.

  • Rodney Steward

    This is just one of many snakes that Trump will have to keep his eye on, for the last 8 years they’ve had free range, do as they will when they want!!

  • chock

    Ryan is the snake that Trump talked about during the election. Ryan is more democrat and believes in destroying this country. Open borders, free trade (which means they win we lose), and lots of lobbyist money. We can’t keep him. He is not for “Make America Great Again”.

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