Former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI), who represented Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District for ten years, says President Donald Trump’s lawsuits and conspiracy theories need to stop.
Speaking to Bank of America’s virtual European Credit Conference, the former House Speaker had some very pointed criticisms of the president’s campaign, according to a transcript in Politico.
Commenting on the transition from the Trump administration to the Biden administration, Ryan said the General Services Administration’s start of the process was important. However, the Trump campaign’s conduct is even more important.
“I think maybe even more important is that these legal challenges to the outcome and the attacks on our voting system really need to stop, in my opinion,” Ryan said. “The outcome will not be changed, and it will only serve to undermine our faith in our system of government, our faith in our democracy.”
Ryan said he sympathized with the hurt of losing an election, as he did as Mitt Romney’s running mate in 2012.
“It is not pleasant, and I know there are a lot of people in this country who are really disappointed,” Ryan said. “But I think it’s really important that we’re clear about this, which is the mere fact that the president’s lawyers throw these sort of baseless conspiracy theories out at press conferences but offer no evidence of these in court tells you that there is not the kind of widespread voter fraud or systemic voter fraud that would be required to overturn the outcome of this election.”
Calling the transfer of power “one of the most uniquely fundamental components of the American system,” Ryan said the president should respect the “will of the people” or he will do damage to our democratic institutions.
“So frankly, I really think it’s in the president’s best interest to acknowledge these things and not just have the GSA technically facilitate the transfer of power, but to embrace the transfer of power, the system we have,” Ryan said. “I think it’s in his best interest and clearly in the American people’s best interest to do that.”