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 Trump’s former campaign staff members or leading volunteer organizers from around the country — and many more local volunteers — have signed on to the long-shot campaign of Ryan’s primary challenger, businessman Paul Nehlen, who is openly embracing Trump and casting Ryan as an impediment to Trump’s agenda.

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

Nehlen’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.