Conservative columnist slams 'pathetic' Paul Ryan for failing to 'keep the lights on' as his last act
Congressman Paul Ryan (Tony Alter/Flickr)

A conservative MSNBC commentator slammed outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) for making his last act in Congress be failing to avert Donald Trump's government shutdown.

"It was pathetic, wasn't it, that on his last act, going out the door, Speaker Ryan couldn't bring himself to do his job, which is to lead a co-equal branch of government, to keep the lights on," Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin told MSNBC's Chris Hayes.

"Even then, why does he care?" she mused. "He's going into retirement. But even then he can't bring himself to show any spine. He can't bring himself to do the right thing."

Rubin then predicted what will happen next.

"They're going to come up with some sleight of hand so Trump thinks he didn't fold when he did fold," she said. "And eventually people will go back to work."

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