Return of Ryan to Republican fray falls flat as Trump’s hackles rise

Once the golden boy of the Republican Party, Paul Ryan’s comeback last Thursday night exposed him as yesterday’s man – and enraged Donald Trump in the process

30th May, 2021
Return of Ryan to Republican fray falls flat as Trump’s hackles rise
Paul Ryan’s comeback speech in Simi Valley last Thursday was met with a less than rapturous reception by the Republican faithful. Picture: Getty

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library nestles on a mountaintop in California’s Simi Valley, affording visitors a breathtaking 360-degree view of lush woodlands, indigo coloured mountains and, beyond them, the Pacific Ocean.

Simi Valley is best known as the location that Reagan selected for his library, and the place that the four LAPD officers charged with the brutal assault on Rodney King chose for their criminal trial in 1992. It’s a deep red splotch...

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