Sarah Palin Vows to Destroy House Speaker Paul Ryan's Political Career Over Trump Snub
Donald Trump has found a prominent attack dog in failed Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
On Sunday, the former Alaska governor's targeted House Speaker Paul Ryan when she publicly vowed to help unseat her fellow Republican as revenge for his bombshell refusal to endorse Trump's nomination.
"His political career is over but for a miracle because he has so disrespected the will of the people, and as the leader of the GOP, the convention, certainly he is to remain neutral, and for him to already come out and say who he will not support is not a wise decision of his," Palin told CNN's Jake Tapper.
Palin said Ryan, who stands second in order of succession to the presidency after Vice President Joe Biden, needs to be "Cantored, as in Eric Cantor," who was the Republican House majority leader whose 2014 primary loss in Virginia served as the Tea Party's shot across the bow of the party's mainstream.
Palin said she believes Speaker Ryan wants Trump to lose in order to better his own chances in a 2020 presidential run.
Ryan, Congress's Republican standard-bearer, sent shockwaves through the party last week when he said Trump had not yet earned his endorsement.
"If the GOP were to win now, that wouldn't bode well for his chances in 2020, and that's what he's shooting for," Palin said.
Palin said she will "do whatever I can" to help Ryan's primary challenger in Wisconsin, Paul Nehlen, unseat the Speaker.
While currently the highest ranking Republican to decline to back Trump's controversial bid, Ryan is not the first.
The two most recent Republican presidents, George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush, have vowed to not attend July's RNC convention, where Trump is all but assured to win the nomination.