House Speaker Paul Ryan may have not gotten along with Donald Trump during a major part of the presidential race, but now that the latter will become the president, the two get on very well. In fact, they have put it all in the past and are such good pals that they talk almost daily for 20 to 45 minutes.
“We basically decided to let bygones be bygones,” Ryan told CBS correspondent Scott Pelley during his extremely uncomfortable “60 Minutes” interview. He also admitted he really did not expect president-elect to win the election.
“I didn’t see this one coming,” he explained. “If you would’ve put last year into a movie script and taken it to Hollywood two years ago, they would’ve laughed you out of the room because it wouldn’t have been believable.”
Ryan, who once clashed with Trump on major policy issues, is now A-OK with everything the billionaire business mogul says or does — be it spreading incendiary conspiracy theories or tweeting blatant lies about winning the popular vote.
Case in point: When Pelley brought up Trump’s baseless claims about “millions of people” voting illegally for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, Ryan looked like a deer caught in the headlights before awkwardly attempting to dodge the question.
“I don’t know. I’m not really focused on these things,” he responded.
“Wait a minute, wait a minute,” interjected Pelley. “You have an opinion on whether millions of Americans voted illegally.”
“I have no way of backing that up,” Ryan continued. “I have no knowledge of such things.”
Things got even more painful to watch when Pelley pressed him further on the issue.
“It doesn’t matter to me. He won the election,” Ryan explained. “The way I see the tweets you’re talking about, he’s basically giving voice to a lot of people who have felt that they were voiceless. He’s communicating with people in this country who’ve felt like they have not been listened to. He’s going to be an unconventional president.”
The president-elect has been using his social media account to single out journalists, celebrities, politicians and everyone else who dares to displease him. Unlike his predecessors, he also uses Twitter to make important policy announcements.
“Who cares what he tweeted, you know, on some Thursday night, if we fix this country’s big problems?” Ryan added. “That’s just the way I look at this.”
It has become abundantly clear that the house speaker is not going to stand up to the former reality TV star in any way. Throughout the interview, he insisted he and Trump have patched over their differences and that he is going to support the next commander-in-chief on his policy proposals.
Twitter had a lot to say about Ryan’s change of tune.
Paul Ryan, when asked if Trump is correct that millions voted illegally, says: "It doesn't matter to me."— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) December 5, 2016
Paul ryan just said on 60 minutes it doesn't matter to him that Trump lied about illegals voting. Wow. Where are the principled leaders?— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) December 5, 2016
Paul Ryan-- what DOES matter to you? https://t.co/gSXANWgR0P— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) December 5, 2016
@SpeakerRyan What a tremendous coward you are.— Dustin Illingworth (@ddillingworth) December 5, 2016
Paul Ryan is a soulless coward… https://t.co/ZFJq5ucMh8— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) December 5, 2016
Principled conservative Paul Ryan https://t.co/xXoShnH4XC— Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) December 5, 2016
Paul Ryan is one of the biggest cowards on earth. That is how he will be remembered in history. #60Minutes— Ashley (@ashcech) December 5, 2016
There's currently no indication that Paul Ryan will stand up to Donald Trump on anything.— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) December 5, 2016
Hope that Medicare overhaul is worth it.