Speaker Johnson is currently facing backlash after a photo surfaced showing him in the company of former House Speaker Paul Ryan.
The image, captured and shared by Jake Sherman of Punchbowl News, depicts the two figures emerging together from the Speaker’s suite at the Capitol. This encounter has sparked controversy, particularly given Ryan’s recent public statements criticizing former President Donald Trump.
Paul Ryan, who served as the Speaker of the House from 2015 to 2019 and the architect of FOX News cancel culture, branded former President Donald Trump as an “authoritarian narcissist” while commending the actions of Trump critics, Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney.
“Look, Trump’s not a conservative. He’s an authoritarian narcissist. So I think they basically called him out for that. He’s a populist, authoritarian narcissist. So historically speaking, all of his tendencies are basically where narcissism takes him, which is whatever makes him popular, makes him feel good at any given moment… He doesn’t think in classical liberal-conservative terms. He thinks in an authoritarian way. And he’s been able to get a big chunk of the Republican base to follow him because he’s the culture warrior.”
“And so I think Adam and Liz stepped out of the flow and called it out and, you know, paid for it. Paid for it with their careers. But I think, again, back to my earlier point, I don’t think he is really very good at these jobs unless you’re willing to lose these jobs.”
Former House Speaker Paul Ryan praises Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney for standing up to Trump:
“Trump’s not a conservative. He’s an authoritarian, a narcissist…Adam and Liz stepped out of the flow and called it out and paid for it with their careers.” pic.twitter.com/ILe1h31RX3
— Republican Accountability (@AccountableGOP) December 13, 2023
The emergence of the photo, which coincides with such polarizing remarks from Ryan, fueled a backlash among supporters and fringe elements within the GOP party. Vocal segments of the social media landscape echoed sentiments of betrayal and accused Johnson of political heresy for meeting with Ryan, who is out of touch with the party’s current direction. Critics are fanning the flames, questioning Speaker Johnson’s allegiance to the party’s values and agenda.
Source: The Gateway Pundit