In a profile in the New York Times, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan explained at length how his strong leadership skills helped avoid “tragedy” in the Trump administration:
Ryan prefers to tell Trump how he feels in private. He joins a large group of Trump’s putative allies, many of whom have worked in the administration, who insist that they have shaped Trump’s thinking and behavior in private: the “Trust me, I’ve stopped this from being much worse” approach. “I can look myself in the mirror at the end of the day and say I avoided that tragedy, I avoided that tragedy, I avoided that tragedy,” Ryan tells me. “I advanced this goal, I advanced this goal, I advanced this goal.”
I locked in on the word “tragedy.” It sets the mind reeling to whatever thwarted “tragedies” Ryan might be talking about. I asked for an example. “No, I don’t want to do that,” Ryan replied. “That’s more than I usually say.”
Ryan announced his retirement in April, but as his congressional tenure comes to a close, he assured the Times and his critics that he has no regrets. Zero. Zilch. Nada! “I’m very comfortable with the decisions I’ve made. I would make them again, do it again the same way,” he said. (Yeah, no shit.)
He went on to defend himself against those who believe, correctly, that Ryan has been a passive “yes” man to the president. He told the Times that Trump simply enjoys “trolling.” “I think some people would like me to start a civil war in our party and achieve nothing,” Ryan said.
Yes, he definitely achieved something.
Check out the rest of the profile at the Times.