Right-wing entertainers bail on Paul Ryan

For right-wing media stars, including radio hosts Laura Ingraham and Mark Levin and Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Ryan would be a disastrous choice for speaker. To them, the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee would likely do nothing to oppose the Democratic Party’s agenda on immigration and free trade.

“They tried Eric Cantor. They tried McCarthy. The only ‘Young Gun’ left is Ryan who just gave Obama [Trade Promotion Authority],” Ingraham griped on social media, referring to lawmakers granting the president the authority to negotiate international trade deals that can’t be filibustered or amended by Congress. “The Establishment GOP routinely promotes [people] who are just really not very smart — or as McCarthy [would] say: They’re ‘untrustable.”

Mark Levin’s social media account drew attention this month to Ryan’s efforts to work with Democrats on immigration reform.

“NOT SO FAST!” the radio host warned on social media, referring to efforts to draft the congressman for speaker. “Paul Ryan an amnesty advocate, along with his buddy [Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill.].”