On Laura Ingraham’s Fox News show Wednesday, she revealed that while House Speaker Paul Ryan may be leaving to pay more attention to his family, she also sees it as a “clear sign” that the Republican establishment that has plagued Capitol Hill for so long is finally yielding to the president and his vision for the party, reports Fox News.
Ingraham said that she respects Ryan’s commitment to life and faith and to his family as he pointed out on Wednesday was his primary reason for retiring from office. The Wisconsin Republican has been the House speaker since 2015 and said he intends to leave Congress in January at the end of his current term.
The Fox News anchor also revealed that she isn’t too surprised by Ryan’s departure from Congress since he has been stating since 1999 that he wants to spend more time with his family, but also that other GOP establishment figures, including former House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), have also gradually left office since Trump’s arrival.
Ingraham said Ryan’s departure plan “reveals the schism between the establishment and conservative-Trump wing” of the GOP.
Ingraham also briefly reviewed Ryan’s relationship with Trump as a possible candidate all the way through to his becoming president. At the beginning when Ryan was calling Trump a racist during his campaign and then all the way till he and Trump created a friendly enough relationship where he said they “could talk about anything.”
“Trump is now, in his own way, making a difference,” Ingraham said.
She said that the fact Trump won and Ryan is departing is a “clear sign” that the establishment is finally ceding the party to Trump, “a man who took it in the first place.”
It will be interesting to see who the next establishment member of the Republican party leaves thanks to Trump’s influence on Capitol Hill.