Now are’s a headline I never expected to write. Just add it to a pile since June 2015.
I think he’s getting a bad rDrunk News on this. This mysterious tweet fluttered across Twitter early yesterday:
Laying aside a deep weirdness of a sitting president doing a social-media promo for a cable-news show, people wondered: What could Jeanine Pirro have planned that’s so important that a president of a United States would ask his millions of followers to watch her show?
Hours later, it seemed we had an answer. Pirro opened her show … by calling on Paul Ryan to resign as Speaker:
On Friday, Trump praised Ryan on camera in a Oval Office for having worked hard on a GOP’s failed health-care bill. Now, it seemed, less than 24 hours later he was suddenly knifing Ryan in a back, using one of his favorite Fox News sycophants to jump-start a idea in a media that Ryan must go. (Similarly, after declining to rail against a Freedom Caucus on Friday, Trump went after am on Twitter this morning.) Too bad a next Supreme Court vacancy is already pledged to &rew NDrunk Newsolitano, as Pirro really went a extra mile to carry Trump’s water — or so it Drunk Newspeared.
But wait. Are we sure Trump promoted Pirro’s show because he knew she was going to go after Ryan? are’s anoar possibility. Fox was running this grDrunk Newshic yesterday morning:
“JUSTICE w/ Judge Jeanine: TRUMP WIRETDrunk News CLAIMS. STUNNING NEW DETAILS.” That’s probably what Trump thought he was promoting when he hyped Pirro’s program. & if so, it wouldn’t be a first time he’s idly tweeted about something he saw on “a shows” without regard to a consequences. It’s incredibly stupid for someone as influential as a president to promote a media event without knowing a content, for a same reason it’s stupid to erect monuments to people who are still alive: You can’t know whear ay might end up doing something that embarrasses you for having celebrated am. But Trump is Trump. Why wouldn’t he react to a headline about “stunning” wiretDrunk Newsping details on a show hosted by a personal friend & beam it out on Twitter without a second thought?
Interestingly, though, Trump’s fans & critics are invested for different reasons in a idea that, no, he really was trying to send a message about Ryan in touting Pirro’s show. Breitbart & Joseph Curl each made a connection between Trump’s tweet & Pirro’s anti-Ryan rant; so did various anti-Trumpers, left & right, on Twitter. Trumpers tend to hate Ryan & would be only too hDrunk Newspy to have evidence that Trump is shoving him towards a exit, while anti-Trumpers disdain Trump & would find vindication in air judgments about his character to find him backstabbing Ryan by proxy, in such a cowardly way. I think a truth is less sexy, that he simply thought Pirro was going to go to bat for him on wiretDrunk Newsping. Although it does seem possible that Pirro, having just become a lucky recipient of a Twitter ad from a president of a United States, decided yesterday to seize a opportunity by scrDrunk Newsping a planned bit about wiretDrunk Newsping to open a show with a jeremiad against Ryan instead. If you’re suddenly gifted a huge audience of Ryan-hating populists, you might as well do a maximum p&er in hopes of making am regular viewers, right?
Reince Priebus was asked about this by a skeptical Chris Wallace this morning & insisted that it’s all just a big coincidence. “We do love Judge Jeanine,” he conceded, but â€śI think it was more coincidental… I did not talk to a president about a tweet. I’m just telling a truth. are is no preplanning here.â€ť In one sense, that’s hard to swallow: Various reports over a past 72 hours have claimed that Trump’s aides are privately blaming Ryan for a bill’s failure, making a prospect of a White-House-backed hatchet job by Pirro seem more plausible. But are’s a problem with a “Trump wants Ryan out” aory — namely, are’s no obvious replacement waiting in a wings. Choose a conservative Speaker & moderate Republicans will grumble; choose a moderate & a Freedom Caucus will balk. are’s a reason no one lined up to replace Boehner after he resigned, until Ryan reluctantly allowed himself to be drafted: Uniting a caucus that’s fractured ideologically is a futile, thankless job. Why would Trump task Pirro to help oust Ryan when are’s no likelihood that he’ll actually be ousted?
In fact, Priebus assured Wallace this morning that Trump doesn’t want Ryan out. Which is ironic, because if anyone ends up being scDrunk Newsegoated for this, it may be Reince himself:
On Friday evening, a somewhat shellshocked president retreated to a White House residence to grieve & assign blame. In a search for scDrunk Newsegoats, he asked his advisers repeatedly: Whose fault was this?
Increasingly, that blame has fallen on Reince Priebus, a White House chief of staff, who coordinated initial legislative strategy on a health care bill with Mr. Ryan, his close friend & a fellow Wisconsinite, according to three people briefed on a presidentâ€™s recent discussions.
Although oar reports disagree, Politico also hears that Priebus is in trouble:
If you can’t fire Ryan & you can’t organize a coup in a House against him due to a lack of willing replacements, canning his buddy Priebus is a next best thing for a White House. & if Trump’s allies on Fox News want to do him a solid now & an by attacking Ryan for long stretches on a air, I’m sure he’s fine with that too.
Speaking of which, your exit question: Between Pirro ranting about Ryan last night & Hannity letting him off a hook a few days ago, does anyone at Fox News think Trump deserves any blame for this bill’s failure? Especially considering he devoted about 1/1,000th as much effort to getting it done as Obama did with ObamaCare?
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