Megyn Kelly, Paul Ryan (Credit: Fox News)

Megyn Kelly schools Paul Ryan on civics seconds after he condescendingly explained how bills are passed

Ryan tried to laugh it off, then went right back into canned thoughts about electoral mandates


Scott Eric Kaufman
February 23, 2016 6:05PM (UTC)

House Speaker Paul Ryan appeared on "The Kelly File" to discuss the implications of the Republican primaries on the fate of the party. The problem, host Megyn Kelly said, is that a lot of conservative voters have the "die trying" mentality, and that anything short of that is derided as "compromise."

"I find myself giving civics lessons more and more now," Ryan began by saying.

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"You're going to give me one now, aren't you?" Kelly replied.

"A short one," after which Ryan explained at length how a bill becomes a law, and that if you have "a progressive president, he's not going to sign conservative bills into law."

"Thank you, 'Schoolhouse Rock,'" Kelly said.

An exasperated Ryan explained that the president has vetoed every bill they've send to him -- including one that would defund his administration's singular legislative victory, Obamacare.

Ryan continued, saying that "everything is on the line in 2016, now the Supreme Court is in play."

Kelly later asked the Speaker if he thought there was a chance of a brokered convention.

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"I doubt that," he replied.

"Because you would have to preside over that," she said.

"I only learned that after I took this job," he replied with a laugh. Kelly explained how it'd be possible for Paul Ryan to become the nominee, to which Ryan said, "no, I don't think so, I don't think so."

Watch the entire interview below via Fox News.


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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