Ingraham: GOP Has ‘Hell to Pay’ for ‘Demoralizing’ Budget Fiasco
LifeZette editor-in-chief blasts Republicans for 'cowering in the corner,' afraid of shutdown
LifeZette Editor-in-Chief Laura Ingraham predicted congressional Republicans will have “hell to pay” for the “demoralizing” and “disappointing” budget compromise unveiled this week, during an interview Tuesday on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.”
Ingraham noted House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) were “celebrating” the budget bargain. The deal did not include a down payment for President Donald Trump’s border wall and retained funding for Planned Parenthood, sanctuary cities, refugee programs, and other liberal priorities.
“They shouldn’t be cowering in the corner, you know, sucking their thumbs, afraid of shutting down the government.”
Ingraham said the Republican Party needed to “get its act together.” She called it unacceptable that GOP lawmakers can’t agree on “basic points.”
“I find this to be so, I mean, demoralizing, disappointing, and I think they’re going to have hell to pay for this budget,” Ingraham insisted. “They’re not going to get a handle on spending in the fall, contrary to what a lot of Republicans are saying.”
Several key Republicans, including Trump on Tuesday, have insisted they will be better positioned to deliver conservative wins come the fall.
Ingraham dismissed the notion that vulnerable lawmakers are "going to be brave right before the midterm election" and find more backbone later this year.
"It's crazy! It's just craziness," Ingraham said. "And we've got some really smart people in the West Wing, but somehow that's not translating to Capitol Hill. They shouldn't be cowering in the corner, you know, sucking their thumbs, afraid of shutting down the government."
"That entire approach to negotiations is antithetical to what Donald Trump is about and has stood for. You don't give up your number-one bargaining chip right off the bat," Ingraham added. "If they didn't start building this wall when he just ran on it and won on it, they should have shut down this government until the Democrats and the Republicans got together and did the things that are fiscally responsible to do."
Ingraham said that if the defense is being increased by $15 billion in this budget compromise, it is ridiculous that they "can't spend like a billion in a down payment on a wall."
"Are you kidding me?" Ingraham asked.
Ingraham also warned of disastrous consequences for the White House if a new plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act fails in Congress.
"I think it's going to be a real problem for this president to have no Obamacare repeal and a really bad continuing [budget] resolution until the fall," Ingraham said. "I think that's setting him up for real problems. So I think they do have to get something passed. I'm still not thrilled about what they've done on this."
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), in particular, shares a large portion of the blame for the GOP's inability to come together and agree on the important issues, Ingraham said.
"Paul Ryan, at some point, if you can't put points on the board, you're taken off the team," Ingraham said. "I do believe that when you have the House, the Senate and the presidency, you better start taking the field and charging down the field with the ball. Either pass it or run it to the end zone. We're not seeing that happen."
"When you have the House, the Senate and the presidency, this is not — this should not be the end result," Ingraham added.
Ingraham also questioned why the president gave an exclusive interview to CBS News host John Dickerson. The interview aired Monday evening and ended when the president abruptly cut the interview short because Dickerson pressed him on "wiretapping" claims against former President Barack Obama.
"I don't know why they're doing these interviews," Ingraham said, noting that many mainstream media journalists and pundits wake up each morning and ask themselves, "How can I make this administration look really bad?"
"I don't know where the message discipline is in that interview. I don't … It's not helping the president," Ingraham said. "Why are they agreeing to give these big, fat gifts to the media outlets that were grossly unfair and wrong for the last year and have no interest in this other than making him look really bad?"