Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) criticized President Trump on Wednesday for calling the adult film-star Stormy Daniels a “Horseface,” saying there’s no place anywhere for that kind of abusive and immature language.
“There’s no place for that,” Paul Ryan said while on “CBS This Morning.” “There’s no place for that kind of language. He should not have said that.”
Ryan’s comments came just one day after Donald Trump attacked Daniels (her real name is Stephanie Clifford) and called her a “horseface” in a tweet which referenced his recent victory on court over her.
A California federal judge dismissed Daniels’s lawsuit which alleged defamation against Trump on Monday and ordered her to pay the president’s attorney fees.
“’Federal Judge throws out Stormy Danials [sic] lawsuit versus Trump. Trump is entitled to full legal fees.’ @FoxNews Great, now I can go after Horseface and her 3rd rate lawyer in the Great State of Texas,” the embarrassment of a president tweeted one day later. “She will confirm the letter she signed! She knows nothing about me, a total con!'”
The immature tweet drew backlash from Democratic and GOP lawmakers. Stormy Daniels’s attorney, Michael Avenatti, said Trump is a “disgusting misogynist and an embarrassment to the United States” as a response.
Ryan has routinely criticized the president’s awful personal insults of other media figures and politicians. Last summer, Ryan criticized Trump’s remarks about the MSNBC personality Mika Brzezinski’s looks as “inappropriate” while asking for a more civil tone in politics.
Ryan talked to CBS in between his campaign stops in northern New York, and was joined during the interview by Representative Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.). Ryan said the GOP can attract more female voters when people like Stefanik, 34, lead the recruitment efforts.
“This is the future of the Republican Party. This is the future of our country. People like Elise,” Paul Ryan said.
Stefanik, who is a leader of the moderate Tuesday Group and has clashed with the president, slammed Trump’s “Horseface” remarks as well.
“I think it’s unacceptable. I disagree with the rhetoric. I’ve disagreed with the president’s rhetoric numerous times when it comes to how he addresses women,” said the congresswoman.
“But as I go door to door in my district right now, voters are really paying attention to, both male and female voters, the record of results. And keeping your promises. And growing the economy.”
The calls for Trump to rein in his rude tone have been ignored by the childish president, however, and haven’t interfered greatly with cooperation between the unprincipled House Republicans and Donald Trump, who now defines the GOP.