Trump demands that Fox News fire Paul Ryan following verbal attack

 June 21, 2024

Former President Donald Trump has at times had a contentious relationship with Fox News, a fact which was on display again this week.

According to Breitbart, Trump lashed out at the network and demanded that it fire former House Speaker Paul Ryan from its board of directors. 

Ryan called Trump "an authoritarian narcissist"

Trump made the demand in a Truth Social post on Wednesday, writing, "Nobody can ever trust Fox News, and I am one of them, with the weak and ineffective RINO, Paul Ryan, on its Board of Directors."

"He’s a total lightweight, a failed and pathetic Speaker of the House, and a very disloyal person. Romney was bad, but Paul Ryan made him look worse. As a team, they never had a chance," the former president went on to assert.

Breitbart noted that Trump's comments came following an interview Ryan did earlier this month with Fox News host Neil Cavuto, who noted that the former Republican congressman has called Trump "an authoritarian narcissist."

"Yeah, that’s the way I feel," Breitbart quoted Ryan as saying in response. "I agree with that. I don’t support Biden either. I think his policies are terrible. I hate the fact that I feel I [have] got to write in a Republican like I did the last time in 2020."

Ryan previously said GOP would lose if Trump were nominated

"I voted for him in 2016, hoping that there was gonna be a different kind of person in office. And I do think character is a really important issue," he continued.

If you put yourself above the Constitution as he has done I think that makes you unfit for office," the former lawmaker and 2012 vice presidential candidate went on to add.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel pointed out that Ryan has attacked Trump in the past, telling the newspaper last year that Republicans will "lose the election if we nominate this guy again."

"We can have a prosperous country and a debt-free future. We can reinvent upward mobility and reinvent the American idea for the 21st century if we get the right policies in place," he continued.

"And I don't think we'll accomplish that if we stick with a personality based populism that has proven now for three election cycles to lose us elections," Ryan declared.

Congressman says Ryan is "spitting in the face" of party leader

Trump was not alone in going after Ryan, as Texas Republican Rep. Troy Nhels did so as well just over a week ago while speaking with CNN host Manu Raju.

"Don’t go spouting your mouth off and saying you’re a conservative," Nehls said of Ryan. "You're spitting in the face of the leader of our party, Donald Trump. I mean, grow up a little bit."

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