Presidential candidates are looking for support from every corner. It’s vital they do so if they want a chance to win a bid to the White House.
And this former House Speaker makes a major presidential endorsement announcement that leaves heads spinning.
Democrats and even some Republicans are getting desperate to try and stop Donald Trump from winning the presidency in 2024.
One such Republican is former House Speaker Paul Ryan.
Ryan, who ran as Mitt Romney’s vice president in 2012, believes that former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley would be a better choice over Trump for the Republican nomination for president.
He’s even tried to gather up endorsements for her by reaching out to colleagues like U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI).
According to Politico Playbook, Ryan sent a text message to Gallagher about a possible endorsement of Haley, saying, “I think now is the time for a guy like you to endorse.”
“Plus, Her foreign policy/world views track closest to yours. She brings the most excitement. I like Ron, but don’t think he is the growth stock Niki [sic] is. Just following up per our talk [in] September. Go Packers!”
But despite Ryan’s pleas, Gallagher has “no intention to endorse any candidate at this time,” according to his spokesperson.
Paul Ryan’s opposition with Trump is rooted in the belief that the former president is unelectable.
“Trump’s unelectability will be palpable by then,” Ryan said in an interview where he predicted that Trump would not be the GOP nominee in 2024.
“We all know that he’s so much more likely to lose the White House than anybody eles running for president on our side of the aisle, so why would we want to go with that?”
Ryan’s prediction is likely to be incorrect as Trump is way ahead in many Republican primary national polls.
And that means that he’ll probably be absent from the 2024 Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, as he once said that he’ll be there “if it’s not named somebody Trump.”
The former speaker has also bought in to RINO talking points from politicians like Liz Cheney, saying “It is a disaster if we nominate Trump. You know I think that. I have been saying that for a long time. But Liz is right, which is, that he could win.”
“I think we lose with him. I think we are much more likely to lose. We haven’t won with him since he first won in 16. We lost the House in ’18, the presidency in ’20, the Senate in ’20, and we could have won the Senate in 2022 but for him.”
“I’m for anybody not named Trump right now,” Ryan added.
Paul Ryan’s desperation to get a candidate like Nikki Haley nominated over Trump is obvious.
It’s just a matter of if he can convince enough people to endorse her and give her a much-needed boost to catch the former President in the polls.
Stay tuned to The Federalist Wire.