President Trump has long shown preference to Fox News above every other major news outlet, never really including them in his incessant attacks on the media.
Now, one of the president’s favorite hosts, one of the ones he often turns to when looking for support from the media, is facing legal trouble.
Prominent Fox host Jeanine Pirro was busted going well above the speed limit in upstate New York over the weekend. According to the New York Daily News, Pirro was going 119 mph in a 65 mph zone when she was pulled over by a state trooper just after 1 PM on Sunday.
Pirro’s explanation for her speeding, delivered via a statement issued by her employer, is that she was going to visit her ailing mother.
‘I had been driving for hours to visit my ailing 89-year-old mom and didn’t realize how fast I was driving. I believe in the rule of law and I will pay the consequences.’
As the New York Daily News reports, the consequences for Pirro’s speeding may be steep. She was going well over 40 mph above the speed limit, and if ticketed for that, New York drivers could lose their license. A conviction of going more than 40 mph above the speed limit puts eleven “points” on a person’s driver’s license, which is the state limit before license suspension.
Other potential consequences of Pirro’s speeding include drastically increased insurance prices and having to pay a Driver Responsibility Assessment for three years.
The president has expressed support for Pirro numerous times in the past. In one notable instance, Trump tweeted a cryptic message imploring his followers to watch a particular edition of Pirro’s Fox show — and during that edition of her show, Pirro called for Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to step aside.
Check it out below.
Pirro’s issue with Ryan was that, at the time, he was still struggling to get an ACA repeal bill passed. An ACA repeal bill has since passed the House of Representatives, but it stalled in the Senate, with enough members of the Republican Party defecting to sink the effort — for now.
The Senate opted to include a repeal of ObamaCare’s individual mandate in its version of a tax reform bill, which it passed recently, but which the full Senate has not yet voted upon.
This brings up an important issue — although Pirro has advocated against the Affordable Care Act, as the circumstances surrounding her speeding ticket indicate, health care is a very human concern.
The ACA has provided for the health care for millions of people, and yet, the national GOP has not abandoned their goal of repealing it, even though their efforts have stalled for the time being.
The GOP’s goal of repealing the ACA runs contrary to the needs of untold numbers of Americans who rely on public health programs to stay alive — but Republicans like Pirro — even in the face of personal calamities, prefer to protect the profits of insurance companies and wealthy people anyway.
At present, a majority of the country is in favor of keeping the law in place.