‘You’re a Piece of Garbage’: Republican Congressman blasts Paul Ryan for trashing Trump on Fox News

A former speaker of the House was slammed as a “piece of garbage” after using Fox News airtime to rag on former President Donald Trump.

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Considered by some to be the embodiment of a downward trajectory at Fox News, former House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) was appointed to the Board of Directors at Fox Corporation not long after turning over the gavel to California Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D) at the beginning of 2019. Bristled by his take on Trump beside “kindred spirit” Neil Cavuto, Texas Rep. Troy Nehls (R) laid into the onetime vice presidential candidate.

Presented with Ryan’s remarks by CNN chief congressional correspondent Manu Raju, the former Houston-area sheriff sounded off, “Paul Ryan you’re a piece of garbage.”

“You’re a piece of garbage and we should kick you out of the party. … Don’t go spouting your mouth off and saying that you’re a conservative,” continued Nehls. “You’re spitting in the face of the leader of our party. I mean grow up a little bit.”

Those remarks came after Ryan had appeared on “Your World” with Neil Cavuto and said of the all-but-nominated 2024 Republican presidential candidate, “I voted for him in 2016, hoping that there was gonna be a different kind of person in office. And I do think character is a really important issue. If you put yourself above the Constitution as he has done, I think that makes you unfit for office.”

“But what happened?” interjected Cavuto. “What turned you? Was it the whole January 6 thing?”

“That’s a part of it,” he responded before adding, “But I think it really is just character at the end of the day. And the fact that, if you’re willing to put yourself above the Constitution, an oath you swear when you take office — federal office, whether it’s president or member of Congress, you swear an oath on the Constitution — and if you’re willing to suborn it to yourself, I think that makes you unfit for office.”

Elsewhere in the exchange, Cavuto confronted Ryan on the disdain that even his own viewers have for the former congressman pointing out, “They think you’re pulling the strings here at Fox. You’re part of this anti-Trump, Never Trumper movement. They even equate me with you. They say that… we’re kindred spirits. And obviously Donald Trump is saying that you should be fired by Rupert Murdoch. When you hear all of that, what do you say?”

“I’ve been in politics a long time,” responded Ryan who confirmed he’d be writing in a selection for president come November. “I have really thick skin.”

Only a month earlier, Trump had posted to Truth Social, “Rupert Murdoch should fire pathetic RINO Paul Ryan from the Board of Fox. Ryan is a loser, always has been, and always will be. He was the WEAKEST & MOST INCOMPETENT Speaker of the House in its History. Fox will sink to the absolute bottom of the pack if Paul Ryan has anything to do with it!”

Kevin Haggerty

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