"Donald Trump heard a voice out in this country that no one else heard," Ryan said

By Stephanie Petit
Updated November 09, 2016 12:20 PM
Paul Ryan
Credit: Paul Sancya/AP

After refusing to campaign with or defend Donald Trump during the GOP nominee’s presidential campaign, House Speaker Paul Ryan addressed the nation to applaud the mogul’s election win Wednesday morning.

Ryan, who handily won his own reelection bid Tuesday night, said he spoke with the president-elect twice in the past 18 hours to congratulate him and discuss “the work ahead and the importance of bringing this country together.”

“Let me just say, this is the most incredible political feat I have seen in my lifetime,” he said from his home state of Wisconsin while also praising the president-elect for effectively connecting with disenfranchised voters.

“Donald Trump heard a voice out in this country that no one else heard,” Ryan said, adding that he “turned politics on its head.”

Related Video: Donald Trump Speaks to Supporters After Being Elected President

“Donald Trump will lead a unified Republican government, and we will work hand-in-hand on a positive agenda to tackle this country’s big challenges,” Ryan said.

Trump voiced his disappointment with the Speaker numerous times during the campaign, going so far as to accuse Ryan of supporting opened borders, amnesty and bad budgets.