Pirro: ‘Paul Ryan Needs to Step Down as Speaker of the House’

‘The reason, he failed to deliver the votes on his health care bill’

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Paul Ryan must step down as speaker of the House.

That's the demand coming from the former New York judge, Jeanine Pirro.

"Paul Ryan needs to step down a speaker of the House!" Pirro urged at the top of her Fox News show Saturday night. "The reason? He failed to deliver the votes on his health-care bill."

She continued:

"The one trumpeted to repeal and replace ObamaCare. The one that he have seven years to work on. The one he hid 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. But this bill didn’t just fail. It failed when Republicans have the house, the Senate, the White House. And the timing? It failed within the first 70 days of President Donald Trump's administration -- a president who made replacement of ObamaCare the hallmark of his campaign. And then used valuable political capital to accomplish it. 

You know Americans elected the one man they think they could do it. A complete outsider, someone beholden to no one but them. And Speaker Ryan you come in with all of 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? Your legislative expertise? Your knowledge of the arcane ins and outs of the bill-writing process? Your relationships? What, your drinks at the Hay Adams with your pals? 

Folks, I want to be clear: This is not on President Trump. No one expected a business man to completely understand the nuances the company get it ins and outs of Washington and its legislative process. How would he know which individuals upon which he would be able to rely? Many of them friends and establishment colleagues of Speaker Ryan. You, on the other hand, Speaker Ryan, know very well who are the 15 hardliners, the 10 moderates and all of the other ones. You, of course, know their demands. And if you didn't, why didn't you? Some of them actually shut down the government over ObamaCare and you couldn’t figure out what you needed to do to get their support? You knew no Democrat was going to support it and you would have to rely on Republicans. How could you possibly misjudge this?

And where was the Whip Scalise in all of this? How tough a lift was this? And why start with this if you're not sure you have the votes?

Now I certainly have not spoken to with president about any of this. But I can only imagine that he and his aides took on health care because they believed you had his back. And you didn't! You didn’t even test the waters. And I hate it when Schumer and Pelosi get to beat their drums and talk about what a great day it is for America that President Trump failed, when even they know that ObamaCare is a total disaster. 

The president, on the other hand, is handling this with dignity. And he doesn’t seem to want to criticize you saying this:

TRUMP: "I want to thank Paul Ryan. He worked very, very hard, I will tell you that."

PIRRO: "Mr. President, all reports are that you wanted to handle the tax cuts first. But that Ryan convinced you to go with health care. If that’s the case, not only has he hurt you with his health care debacle but the ripples that will hurt you as you try to overhaul the tax code will come back at you. The Freedom Caucus, feeling emboldened by their win with this the health care failure, will now dig their heels and on the tax cuts. Ryan has hurt you going forward and he’s got to go.

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