Judge Jeanine Pirro, the conservative firebrand who has her own show on Fox News called ‘Justice’, ripped into Paul Ryan last night for his failure to gain concession in the Republican majority House for the American Health Care Act, better known as “Ryancare”.
The judge dedicated her entire opening monologue in addition to nearly half her show to blasting Ryan. Clearly fired up over his failure, Judge Jeanine opens by saying,
“Paul Ryan needs to step down as speaker of the house,” Pirro began. “The reason? He failed to deliver the votes on his healthcare bill, the one trumpeted to repeal and replace Obamacare, the one that he had seven years to work on, the one he had under lock and key in the basement of Congress, the one that had to be pulled to prevent the embarrassment of not having enough votes to pass.”
She says, “When Americans elected one man they believe to do it, a complete outsider, someone beholden to no one but them. And speak Ryan, you come in with all your swagger, your experience, and you sell them a bill of goods that ends up a complete and total failure. You allow our president, in his first 100 days, to come out of the box like that?”
“I certainly have not spoken to the president about any of this,” the judge said.
“Ryan blew it, Ryan brought this on the president, no one else did,” Judge Jeanine said.
Jeanine revealed she had been informed that repealing Obamacare wasn’t Trump’s first agenda item, but rather he was influenced by Ryan and his establishment colleagues. “All reports are you wanted to go with tax cuts first, but Ryan convinced you to go with health care.”
Later, Pirro said, “I want to be clear, this is not on President Trump. No one expected a business man to completely understand the nuances, the complicated ins and outs of Washington and its legislative process. How would he know which individuals upon which he would be able to rely?”
“Ryan has hurt you, and he’s got to go,” Judge Jeanine exclaimed.
“What was your agenda,” the judge asked of Ryan. “You and all your Washington colleagues are held in such low esteem with the American people is because you’ve forgotten about us.”
Judge Jeanine dedicated almost the entire first half of her program to utterly destroying Ryan and breaking down any shred of credibility he had left. She ended by saying, “The American people won’t forget this, and neither should the president.”
Curiously, Donald Trump seemed to share Judge Jeanine’s sentiments, as earlier on Saturday he tweeted to his followers to watch her show.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 25, 2017
It appears Trump had a heads up about the content of Judge Jeanine’s show that night, perhaps not from her, but someone inside of Fox News who had knowledge of her intention.
This has led to speculation that despite Trump’s complimentary tone towards Ryan when he spoke publicly, behind closed doors he is furious and will leaning towards forcing Ryan to resign.
Regardless, it’s clear Paul Ryan is in a precarious position and due to his massive failure he may be finding himself ousted from his role as Speaker of the House, which would please much of Trump’s base who consider him the embodiment of “business as usual” failed establishment politics.
It’s also important to note, Paul Ryan has only succeeded in passing a total of three legislative bills during his time in office…three.
Watch Judge Jeanine’s full show from last night below: