Trump Associates Campaign To Defeat Ryan

Trump Associates Campaign To Defeat RyanWith the relationship between Paul Ryan and Donald Trump already increasingly fraught, POLITICO has learned that a group of former Trump campaign hands are quietly working to defeat the House speaker in his primary election next week.

More than half a dozen of Trumpโ€™s former campaign staff members or leading volunteer organizers from around the country โ€” and many more local volunteers โ€” have signed on to the long-shot campaign of Ryanโ€™s primary challenger, businessman Paul Nehlen, who is openly embracing Trump and casting Ryan as an impediment to Trumpโ€™s agenda.

While they were not sent by Trump โ€” in fact, most of the staffers had been laid off by his shoestring primary campaign or left amid infighting โ€” their re-emergence in Ryanโ€™s Southeastern Wisconsin district is notable.

Nehlenโ€™s relatively small campaign appears to have collected the largest concentration of former Trump staff and volunteer advisers, with some admitting they see the effort to defeat Ryan as a continuation of the bitter fight Trump waged against the GOP establishment.