Fox Business Network’s Lou Dobbs has not been a fan of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) for some time now, probably since back during the 2016 campaign when Ryan refused to board the Trump train. However, Dobbs’s stand against Ryan has recently found a whole new level of agitá as the Speaker continues to falter in his efforts to pass conservative legislation, and he still seems unable to bring himself wholeheartedly to support the president.
Perhaps if Ryan were doing one or the other of these things, Dobbs could stomach having him as the leader of House Republicans. But Ryan’s inability to do either has left Dobbs without recourse, and the Fox News personality is now calling for Ryan’s head.
Dobbs started by suggesting Ryan should resign after audio of him affirming that he would never support Trump leaked out.
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) March 14, 2017
But over the course of a few hours, Dobbs moved from calling for Ryan’s resignation to demanding that the GOP remove him from his role as Speakership if he refuses to step down:
I believe Ryan’s achieved next to nothing since becoming Speaker a year and a half ago. He had achieved next to nothing in his entire career before becoming Speaker! He’s worked against his presidential nominee and he has lost.
He put forward a mantra instead of policies, and lost again. And yes, that’s right…. As a Vice Presidential nominee of his party, he and Mitt Romney also lost.
It is time for his party, if not for the Speaker himself to recognize his limitations and decidedly poor judgement and poor prospects for finding for finding a better way.
I believe it’s time for Ryan to vacate the Speaker’s office in the interest of his party.
I’m not sure how this resolves itself, but it’s becoming clear that Ryan has been permanently damaged by his lack of support for Trump behavior during the campaign.
Cross-posted at Constitution.com