Former Speaker Of The House Paul Ryan claims he was “sobbing” as he watched the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol unfold live on television, a new book reports.
Ryan, who had a love/hate relationship with former President Donald Trump depending on which way the political tides moved that day “found himself sobbing” during the J6 riot, journalist Mark Leibovich writes in his forthcoming book, “Thank You For Your Servitude,” according to CNN who has obtained a copy of the book.
“I spent my whole adult life in that building,” Ryan, who served as a Republican congressman from Wisconsin for two decades, later told Leibovich, according to the book. “And I saw my friends, a lot of cops, some of my old security detail — I’m still friends with a bunch of those guys. It really disturbed me, foundationally.”
Leibovich writes that Ryan told him he’s not much of a crier, but “something snapped in him” as he watched the Capitol attack.
“Ryan figured the president would bitch and moan and maybe make a big show of ‘fighting’ for his supporters for a while. Everyone could feel good and victimized. But eventually, Trump would just leave; hopefully, he would know to do this on his own. And everyone could then just get on with their lives,” Leibovich writes in the book.
Leibovich writes that Ryan hadn’t spoken with Trump since leaving Congress and “he expected never to speak to him again.”
Ryan strongly encouraged Republicans to impeach Donald Trump over the Jan. 6 Capitol riots and publicly slammed those “who just didn’t have the guts to do it,”
“There were a lot of people who wanted to vote like Tom [Rice] but who just didn’t have the guts to do it,” Ryan said of South Carolina Rep. Tom Rice, who he had traveled to the state to endorse, according to the Myrtle Beach Sun News. “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.”