Judge Jeanine Pirro called on Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to step down during her Saturday evening show on FOX News.
“Ryan needs to step down as Speaker of the House. The reason, he failed to deliver the votes on his healthcare bill, the one trumpeted to repeal and replace ObamaCare,” Pirro said in her opening statement.
“You come in with all your swagger and experience and sell them 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 said.
A few hours earlier Trump had tweeted to encourage his followers to watch the FOX News show “Justice with Judge Jeanine.”
“I have not spoken with the president about any of this,” Pirro said of her call for Ryan to step down on her show. (Interestingly, one of Pirro’s guests on her show yesterday was Trump’s counter-terrorism adviser Sebastian Gorka, the controversial Hungarian-born consultant who has reported ties to NAZI groups.
Trump said he told Ryan on Friday to pull the GOP healthcare reform bill, the American Health Care Act, amid dwindling support among House Republicans.
Trump and White House press secretary Sean Spicer also indicated that they appreciated Ryan’s effort to get the bill passed, amid criticism from some Trump allies over the failed effort.
Pirro insisted in her first segment that the failure was on Ryan and not on Trump.
“Folks, I want to be clear. This is not on President Trump,” she said.
“No one expected a businessman to completely understand the nuances, the complicated ins and outs of Washington and its legislative process. How would he know on what individuals he could rely?”
“Ryan has hurt you going forward, and he’s got to go,” Pirro said.