‘Morning Joe’ Slams Paul Ryan for Not Standing Up to Donald Trump: ‘He Folded, He Caved’

‘Morning Joe’ Slams Paul Ryan for Not Standing Up to Donald Trump: ‘He Folded, He Caved’

President Trump took to Twitter on Thursday night to slam Paul Ryan for some criticisms the former Speaker of the House leveled at the president in Tim Alberta’s American Carnage, a new look behind the scenes of the administration by the Politico reporter. Trump called Ryan “a lame duck failure,” said his record as Speaker was “atrocious (except during my first two years as President)” and blamed him for Mitt Romney’s failed presidential run in 2012, when Ryan was Romney’s running mate.

Friday morning, the crew of Morning Joe had zero sympathy for Ryan, giving him the segment-long version of the saying “You made your bed, now lie in it.”

Joe Scarborough started off by criticizing Ryan for having endorsed Trump in the 2016 campaign just after he also called Trump a racist:

“You never give Donald Trump something for nothing. And that’s exactly what Paul Ryan did. He folded. He caved…Donald Trump does not respect weakness.”

Scarborough then went through several positions Ryan took in his political career, only to throw them out the window in order to stay on Trump’s good side. He even “caved” on entitlement reform, a Ryan obsession over his two decades in Congress.

Heidi Przybyla called Ryan’s failure to address the nation’s deficit and debt in favor of passing enormous tax cuts “poignant.” Which perhaps it is if you believe that Ryan genuinely was that concerned with the deficit and the debt. But even if he was, he gave it up to pass a tax cut for Donald Trump, who had no interest in then addressing entitlement spending.

Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.

Gary Legum

Gary Legum has written about politics and culture for Independent Journal Review, Salon, The Daily Beast, Wonkette, AlterNet and McSweeney's, among others. He currently lives in his native state of Virginia.