Lou Dobbs has a few thoughts on “the role of Speaker Paul Ryan in derailing President Trump’s agenda, at least to this point. President Trump’s set to travel to Ryan’s home district in Wisconsin tomorrow and visit the headquarters of tool-maker Snap-On. “
“But not to worry,” Dobbs reassures us, “Speaker Ryan won’t be there as the President focuses on his hire American, buy American, America first agenda – jobs, jobs, jobs. No, Speaker Ryan will be off in Europe, where he becomes the first Speaker in American history to have his own foreign policy.”
Dobbs reminds us, “This is the same Speaker who worked against President Trump in the presidential campaign, who’s worked against him every step of the way, as Mr. Trump became President. And as you know, Ryan not only has his own foreign policy, he has an important domestic policy too. And it’s collided with the President’s agenda. It’s a dreadful mess that Ryan calls, insufferably, “A Better Way.” Get it? Better way.”
Dobbs says, “No one at the White House can explain why President Trump and his advisers have put up with Ryan. Ryan, right now, is the leader of the opposition just as surely as Chuck Schumer is the leader of the Dems. And just how unpopular is Speaker Ryan, now that he’s derailed the repeal and replacement of Obamacare and frustrated the Trump agenda? How unpopular is working against the President’s tax reform initiative, working against the President’s border wall, refusing to fund it?”
“How unpopular is Ryan for all of that?” Dobbs tells us, “Well, as you might guess, Ryan is outright reviled. Only 29% of voters approve of the job Speaker Ryan is doing, according to the latest Pew poll. In fact, Ryan’s approval rating is lower than the three Speakers who preceded him, regardless of party.” He cites a statistic that 58% of Republicans say the party is divided and it’s easy to see why.”
“Because, despite repeated warnings,” says Dobbs, “Ryan continues to be himself, his awful self. Ryan must be a lot smarter at politics than anyone could imagine, a lot smarter than he would believe anyone to believe, because what other lawmaker, as incompetent as he, could have people insist that Ryan accept the speakership, when he claimed not to even want it. And now won’t give up the Speakership or the big old jetliner that takes him home every weekend to Janesville, WI, to spend time with his family.”
“Admirable, but not particularly hard-working,” Dobbs points out. “Republicans have a lot to answer for and far more if they don’t throw Paul Ryan out of the Speaker’s office and get on with the work that is in front of the entire nation.”
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