In Wisconsin, rally-goers boo as Donald Trump says he's "come to appreciate" Paul Ryan

Even when he's trying to be nice, Trump can't help but bodyslam the speaker of the House

By Brendan Gauthier
December 14, 2016 8:40PM (UTC)
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President-elect Donald Trump walks down the stairs from his plane after returning from Wisconsin to LaGuardia Airport, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The crowd at a West Allis, Wisconsin, rally on Tuesday — part of his "thank you" tour — booed as Donald Trump tried to say he'd "come to appreciate" House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Per Politico:

"Speaker Paul Ryan! I’ve really come to …," Trump said, before the crowd cut him off with a mix of cheers and boos. "Oh, no! I’ve come to appreciate him. . . He has been terrific, and you know, honestly, he’s like a fine wine: Every day goes by, I get to appreciate his genius more and more."

But then he added a warning, smiling while he said it: "Now, if he ever goes against me, I'm not going to say that, OK?"

Trump's relationship with Ryan has been turbulent, to say the least. Last spring, Ryan dragged his feet before tepidly endorsing Trump. So in August, when it came time for him to endorse Ryan as the the incumbent House speaker, Trump returned the favor.


In October, After leaked video recorded Trump bragging about sexual assault, Ryan was a no-show at a Wisconsin rally that would've been his first public appearance with the Republican presidential nominee. Since Election Day, the two have teamed up to dismantle Obamacare.

Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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