The Insider reports:
Paul Ryan butted heads with Trump after he publicly defended the neo-Nazis who sparked a deadly riot in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017. “We must be clear,” Ryan tweeted after the riot. “White supremacy is repulsive. This bigotry is counter to all this country stands for. There can be no moral ambiguity.” According to “Peril,” Trump called Ryan afterward and blew up at him over the statement, shouting, “You’re not in the foxhole with me!”
“Are you finished?” Ryan reportedly yelled back. “May I have some time to speak now? You’re the president of the United States. You have a moral leadership obligation to get this right and not declare there is a moral equivalency here.” But Trump refused to back down, saying, “These people love me. These are my people. I can’t backstab the people who support me,” according to the book.
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Ryan tried to explain to Trump that, as president of the United States, he had a duty to condemn neo-Nazis — but Trump wouldn’t hear of it.
“These people love me,” Trump told Ryan. “These are my people. I can’t backstab the people who support me.” https://t.co/oMQfmDQR7p
— John FitzGerald (@TheTweetOfJohn) September 15, 2021