Former House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has announced that if former President Trump is chosen as the Republican party nominee in 2024 he will not attend the Republican National Conference (RNC). In an interview with WISN-TV, Ryan disclosed that he would only attend if the candidate was anyone other than Trump.
The RNC is scheduled to take place in Ryan’s home state Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
In 2016, Ryan had been the one to announce Trump as the Republican nominee as he had been serving as the chair of the RNC convention.
Ryan is also the former running mate of now-Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), lost in the presidential race against President Barack Obama in 2012.
In his interview, Ryan said that he did not believe that Trump would be the GOP nominee. He added that if he was, the Republicans would lose like they had lost because of him in 2018 when they lost the House, in 2020 when they lost the White House and Senate, and in 2022 when they did not manage to win the Senate.
Ryan has not yet stated which potential presidential candidate he would support, but he did stress that he believed the Republicans would be able to win the White House if anyone but Trump was the nominee.
Trump responded to these criticisms on his social media platform, Truth Social where he called Ryan a “loser” and stated that he was the reason Romney had lost in 2012.