After Paul Ryan’s failure of support and his negative rhetoric about Donald Trump, Trump did officially endorse him for Congress in the name of GOP unity—which Ryan reneged on in October. However, Trump went on to win Wisconsin along with Ohio, Pennsylvania, Iowa, and Michigan without Ryan’s support.
It seems clear that Paul Ryan’s lack of support and negative opinions of Trump didn’t hold much weight. In some polls, Trump is more popular in Ryan’s own district than Trump is.
So, who is challenging Paul Ryan in 2018?
The man Trump initially endorsed before switching to Ryan—Paul Nehlan.
Yep, Nehlan is back and just announced his bid to unseat Ryan in 2018.
Paul Nehlen, a Republican businessman from Wisconsin’s first congressional district, has just launched his 2018 congressional campaign against the anti-Donald Trump House Speaker Paul Ryan.
This is the second time Nehlen is challenging Ryan, after coming up short in the 2016 GOP primary in Wisconsin’s first congressional district.
“Speaker Ryan didn’t help Mr. Trump defeat Hillary Clinton, and even pledged not to defend the president,” Nehlen said in his announcement. “But I have a message for Speaker Ryan:
The American people are not done fighting for President Trump’s good agenda. That’s why I am announcing my second challenge to Paul Ryan for the nomination in Wisconsin’s first congressional district.”
Last year in my first challenge to Speaker Ryan, we managed to kill Ryan’s and Obama’s job-killing deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership. But Paul Ryan apparently hasn’t gotten the memo.
Millions of Americans voted for President Trump, and they expect Paul Ryan to work to repeal Obamacare; end bad, job-killing trade deals; close the border; and back the President’s strong, America First agenda.
But that hasn’t happened. But unbelievably, Paul Ryan has fully funded the dangerous refugee resettlement racket. That is not what we voted for.
Nehlen is correct that he successfully forced Ryan to oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), which President Trump has since gone on to officially kill once and for all. He also forced Ryan to campaign on bended knee in front of actual factory workers in Wisconsin. But he did come up short, winning less than 20 percent of the vote in the primary against Ryan.
Nehlen concluded in his Friday statement by saying that Ryan is a “career politician” who must be drained from the swamp of Washington, D.C. Nehlen said:
Paul Ryan is a career politician who has been in D.C. for nearly two decades. He may have been a nice Wisconsin boy when he left Janesville, but now Ryan is working for special interests and industry bosses, working to sell Wisconsin’s jobs to Mexico and Asia.
Ryan is working hand-in-hand with multinational corporations to reduce their costs by giving them access to low-paid immigrant labor. And it is decimating WIsconsin’s economy. Wisconsin voted to drain the swamp last November, so that’s what I’m going to do.
Trump went on to win Wisconsin in the general election—adding the rust belt state and its 10 electoral votes to others like Ohio, Pennsylvania, Iowa, and Michigan to his win total, carrying him into the White House—without Ryan’s support.
Now, according to some polls, Trump is more popular in Ryan’s own district than Ryan—something Nehlen will surely be banking on in the 2018 primary campaign he’s running against Ryan.