Tucker Carlson unloaded on House Speaker Paul Ryan after his announcement that he will not be seeking re-election this fall.
The Fox News host made it clear that the Wisconsin Republican is at the core of the “collapsing” GOP which is in danger of losing its majority in the House after midterm elections.
“Speaker of the House Paul Ryan announced today he won’t be running for reelection. Once regarded as a rising star in Republican politics, he’s been speaker for almost three years and he leaves behind a party in shambles,” Carlson began on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Wednesday.
“Republicans are now on track to lose the House this fall for the first time in ten years. Who know if they will but they’re close. Ryan deserves a lot of the blame for that,” he continued. Ryan, who has been speaker since 2015, will retire in January after finishing his congressional term.
Carlson recounted President Trump’s stunning 2016 election victory and how Ryan “ignored” the very voters who secured the White House and Congress for Republicans.
“Donald Trump won unexpectedly in 2016 by vowing to secure the borders and focus on this county’s vanishing middle class. Ryan acted like none of that ever happened,” he explained.
“He never liked Trump personally and that’s, of course, fine. But he ignored voters, and that’s not fine,” Carlson continued.
After Ryan’s announcement, Trump tweeted that the lawmaker with whom he frequently clashed was a “truly good man.”
Speaker Paul Ryan is a truly good man, and while he will not be seeking re-election, he will leave a legacy of achievement that nobody can question. We are with you Paul!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2018
But for Carlson, Ryan leaves behind a trail of failures.
“Ryan considered democracy an inconvenience. He delivered a massive corporate tax cut that few people voted for, he blocked meaningful border security that a lot of poeple wanted,” the Fox News host said. “Most Republicans don’t agree with Paul Ryan, so no wonder the party is collapsing.”
“Now Ryan is fleeing the scene of the crime,” Carlson concluded. “He is only 48 and will soon be rich, like his tiny donor base which is also his main constituency.”
“Have fun. The rest of us are still stuck here,” he added.
There has been much speculation about Ryan’s future plans though he has not yet indicated what he will be doing come January 2019. Meanwhile, his predecessor, John Boehner, has apparently moved on to quite a different life than his former political career.
The former Republican House Speaker, who retired from politics in 2015, announced he is joining the board of a legal cannabis corporation. Boehner made the announcement via Twitter where he noted that, despite his past record of opposing the legalization of marijuana, “my thinking on cannabis has evolved.”