Former Speaker of the House and current Fox News board member Paul Ryan went to South Carolina to support a GOP candidate and promptly trashed former President Donald Trump.
Ryan endorsed U.S. Rep. Tom Rice for re-election at an event at Hotel Florence, in Florence and took a few swipes at Trump in the process. Trump and Rice are not on good terms.
Ryan said: “There were a lot of people who wanted to vote like Tom but who just didn’t have the guts to do it. There are a lot of people who say they’re going to vote their conscience, they’re going to vote for the Constitution, they’re going to vote for their convictions, but when it gets hard to do that they don’t do it.
“Tom Rice is a man of conviction. Tom Rice is the kind of person you want in Congress.
“This is just such a crystal clear case where you have a hard working, effective, senior member of Congress who deserves reelection vs. people who are just trying to be celebrities who may be trying to help Trump with his vengeance.
“That’s not who voters want, voters want people focused on their solutions not on Trump’s vengeance and that to me is a really clear cut case here.
“We’re going through growing pains, that’s going to happen.
“But if you become a majority party you have to be a big tent party that can accommodate all different kinds of conservatives.
“I am here because this man is a workhorse.
“I am here because Tom Rice is a loyal man.
“He is loyal to his constituents, he is loyal to his conscious, he is loyal to our founding pri…