White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon has an intense dislike of Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc.
Reportedly, Bannon once described the Speaker of the House as “a limp-dick motherfucker who was born in a petri dish at the Heritage Foundation,” referring to the influential conservative think tank that recently ousted conservative Jim DeMint as its president.
The quote attributed to Bannon comes from a new book by Joshua Green, senior national correspondent at Bloomberg Businessweek. In “Devil’s Bargain,” Green documents President Donald Trump’s political rise and his relationship with his controversial chief strategist.
According to Green, Bannon made his comment about Paul Ryan in the spring of 2016, when rumors were circulating of a GOP establishment plot to use Republican National Convention delegates to rob Trump of the GOP nomination and coronate Paul Ryan as the Republican nominee for president.
“One fleetingly popular scenario to stop Trump from becoming the nominee was for GOP delegates to coalesce around a white-knight alternative at the party convention in July,” Green wrote, describing Ryan as “the chattering-class favorite.”
Bannon was allegedly fearful that a coup attempt with Paul Ryan at its head could work. Green claims he began “plotting an all-out war to stop Ryan, of whom he was both fearful and dismissive — sometimes within the same sentence.”
The Draft Ryan plan never materialized, of course.
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.