Hewitt slams House Freedom Caucus

Hewitt slams House Freedom Caucus
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Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Sunday slammed Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) and the House Freedom Caucus for "holding the House hostage" and blocking Republicans from electing a successor to outgoing Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerFormer top Treasury official to head private equity group GOP strategist Steve Schmidt denounces party, will vote for Democrats Zeal, this time from the center MORE (R-Ohio), who wants to resign at the end of the month.

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Hewitt said on NBC's "Meet The Press" that he hopes Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanLaura Ingraham: George Will is ‘sad and petty’ for urging votes against GOP Seth Rogen: I told Paul Ryan I hate his policies in front of his kids George Will: Vote against GOP in midterms MORE (R-Wis.) — who has said he doesn't want to be Speaker — will change his mind.

Hewitt then criticized Brat, who was on the roundtable, and the conservative House Freedom Caucus for giving Ryan a tepid response.

"There's like 15 of you people," Hewitt said of the caucus, which has about 40 members. "The Freedom Caucus is like 15 people. Paul Ryan is liked by 225 Republicans. Get with the program."

"How do you know we're not with the program?" said Brat, who defeated former House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by CVS Health — Trump’s love-hate relationship with the Senate Race for Republican Speaker rare chance to unify party for election Scalise allies upset over Ryan blindside on McCarthy endorsement MORE (R-Va.) in a stunning primary upset.

"Will you support Paul Ryan? If he wins a conference vote, will you support his agenda?" Hewitt asked.

"We've got a Constitution as a country—" Brat responded.

"It's not a hard question," Hewitt interrupted. "Will you support Paul Ryan?"

"Well, if you let me answer it, it'd be easier," Brat said. "I've got five policies outlined on my Web page. By process, if he goes with that we're going to give him a strong look."

"You're holding the House hostage," Hewitt said.

Hewitt didn't just go after Brat. He also criticized Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), a moderate Republican who was also on the panel.

"You need to stop going on CNN and blasting David," Hewitt said.

"The answer is yes, I will support Paul Ryan," Dent said. "But Paul Ryan is also a very smart man. The underlying governing and political dynamic of the House has not changed. Paul Ryan, if he becomes Speaker — and I hope he does — what will happen is that he will have to make accommodations and collaborate with the Democrats."

Dent said that Ryan "will have his legs taken out by some of his own members" should he work with Democrats.

"We all know that," Dent said. "He's going to have the same problems John Boehner had."