For the first time in a very long time, Sean Hannity is rebuking the President and he’s getting support from another conservative radio icon, Laura Ingraham.
The two conservative radio/TV personalities have both been long-time supporters of President Trump, but both believe that he’s currently making a mistake by blaming the conservatives in the House (particularly, the House Freedom Caucus) for the dismal failure that was “Ryancare.” Instead of blaming the conservatives, Hannity says the fault lies with GOP leadership for not working with conservatives to get the bill written and passed.
“Let’s start with the Republican Leadership plan to repeal and replace Obamacare stalled in Congress. Well, the mainstream media wants you to believe the Trump presidency is dead in the water. Since taking office the president has been checking off, look at that, all the items on his list, all his campaign promises one by one.
Now it’s very obvious that the president has been moving very fast and effectively, at what I call the ‘speed of Trump.’ And now after the Republican health care plan did stall in the House with in-fighting in the Republican party, there is a danger that could undermine the president’s agenda.
Now earlier today, the president tweeted, ‘the Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don’t get on the team, and fast. We must fight them, and Dems, in 2018!’ Now the president’s clearly frustrated with this division in the Republican party. On this show, we promised, we’re holding everyone in Washington accountable.
For seven long years, the GOP ran on repealing and replacing Obamacare. They said, ‘give us the House,’ they got that in 2010. ‘Give us the House and Senate,’ they got it in 2014. ‘Give us the House, Senate and the presidency,’ they got that on November 8th, they got their wish.
Now in my opinion, it’s not the Freedom Caucus that’s responsible for the GOP failure in this case to repeal and replace Obamacare. Now this legislation was flawed from the beginning. It was created behind closed doors. Not one single member saw the bill until it was rolled out. And that made it a disaster.Now I don’t know who’s telling the White House to focus their anger on the Freedom Caucus, but I do think it’s misplaced. Because the Freedom Caucus, I’ve talked to them, they want to make a deal, and they want the win for the president and the country. So my advice tonight to Speaker Ryan and to Congress is simple. House leadership you need to get all the differing factions in your caucus together.
Get them together with senators like Rand Paul and Mike Lee, Mitch McConnell, and Secretary Price, I’ve said this before. Get all the factions, the moderates, the Tuesday Group, the Study Group, the Freedom Caucus, get everybody in a room, lock the door, order pizza, get beer, get ice cream, I don’t care if you include coloring books. Get a consensus bill like you’ve been promising the country for eight years, and get it done and get it on the president’s desk.
That is your mission. Follow your mission, and your promise. It’s not ideology. It’s what’s good for the American people and the promise you made to everybody.”
Laura Ingraham concurs with Hannity and explains why the President is miscalculating here with his attacks on the House Freedom Caucus. She reminds everyone that it was conservatives who stood by candidate Trump when the establishment wanted him to step aside, and it will be conservatives who support Trump when he tried to get his border wall built. Moderates and Democrats alike will both fight the President on the issues that matter most to him, so why burn bridges with conservatives now?
I think it is really, really unhelpful to Donald Trump’s ultimate agenda to slam the very people who are going to be propping up his border wall, all the things he wants to do on immigration, on trade. I don’t know where he thinks he’s going to get his friends on those issues…
Smashmouth politics on every issue, every time someone has even a minor disagreement, I don’t think that’s going to get you very far in the end.
Don’t beat up on the conservatives, Mr. President, they really do support you and they really do want to help you get your agenda pushed through the legislature.