Judge Jeanine Pirro, a Fox News host and outspoken supporter of Donald Trump throughout the 2016 campaign, had a harsh message for House Speaker Paul Ryan on Saturday. At the top of her show, Pirro laid the failure of the healthcare bill at Ryan’s feet, urging him to move on.
“Paul Ryan needs to step down as speaker of the House,” Pirro said. “The reason? He failed to deliver the votes on his health care bill.”
Pirro said Ryan should have protected the new president from the catastrophe that ended in the quick death of the American Health Care Act.
“Speaker Ryan, you come in with all your swagger and experience and you sell ’em a bill of goods, which ends up a complete and total failure, and you allow our president in his first 100 days to come out of the box like that, based on what?” Pirro asked.
Pirro’s remarks might not have attracted that much attention had it not been for a tweet earlier in the day from President Trump, which told everyone to tune in. When the show opened with a message attacking Ryan, many wondered if Trump wasn’t sending his own message to the House Speaker.
From the New York Times:
On Fox News on Sunday, Mr. Trump’s chief of staff, Reince Priebus, an ally of Mr. Ryan’s, said he had not spoken to the president about the Twitter post, but he called the timing “coincidental.”
Another spokesman in Mr. Ryan’s office said on Sunday: “The two spoke again today, and the president was clear his tweet had nothing to do with the speaker. They are both eager to get back to work on the agenda.”
In their phone call on Saturday, according to a person briefed on the matter, Mr. Ryan told Mr. Trump that he wanted to proceed with a tax overhaul package. Their relationship, so far, has seemed to hold.
But privately, Mr. Trump has been pressed by some advisers to consider the damage wrought by the bill’s failure, and to consider Mr. Ryan’s role.
Ryan and Trump may be publicly getting along these days, but don’t think for a moment that the president has forgotten how the Speaker left him flailing in the wind during the election. Not once, not twice, but three separate times, Ryan felt the need to publicly distance himself from and condemn Trump the candidate. Trump remembers.
No one who takes the Speakership can expect smooth sailing with the way ideology is divided among the Republicans, but we should hope there’s someone who can get the ball rolling. If it isn’t Ryan, let’s not wait around to verify that fact a hundred times before moving on.