Ingraham: Ryan's Exit a 'Clear Sign' That GOP Establishment Is Yielding to Trump's Vision
Laura Ingraham reacted Wednesday to House Speaker Paul Ryan's retirement plans, saying it’s a “clear sign” that the Republican establishment is yielding to President Donald Trump’s vision for the party.
Ingraham said she respects Ryan’s commitment to life and faith. The Wisconsin Republican, 48, who has been House speaker since 2015, announced Wednesday that he intends to leave Congress in January, at the end of his current term.
Ryan, who has been in Congress since 1999, cited a desire to spend more time with his family as a key reason for his decision.
But Ingraham noted that Ryan, like other GOP establishment figures – including former House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) -- are gradually leaving office.
Ingraham said Ryan's departure plan “reveals the schism between the establishment and conservative-Trump wing” of the GOP.
She pointed to Ryan's initial reluctance to back candidate Donald Trump for president, before the two developed a working relationship following Trump’s 2016 victory.
"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."