Paul Ryan Again Achieves Bare Minimum
By: Meredith Kelly
Today, Paul Ryan met the bare minimum and condemned the violence that has been rampant at Trump rallies in recent weeks. In his statements to local radio station WRJN, then reported by POLITICO, Ryan urged candidates to take “responsibility for the environment” at their rallies and events.
Seriously? While we won’t argue that this is apples to apples, Ryan might wish he could go back in time and take his own advice.
Flashback to 2010, when Paul Ryan was traveling the country “harnessing the energy of the Tea Party movement that would sweep them to power that November.”
Then, Paul Ryan’s Tea Party majority hit Washington D.C. with full force:
The Washington Post: “’Tea party’ protesters accused of spitting on lawmaker, using slurs”
“Members of the Congressional Black Caucus said that racial epithets were hurled at them Saturday by angry protesters who had gathered at the Capitol to protest health-care legislation, and one congressman said he was spit upon. The most high-profile openly gay congressman, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), was heckled with anti-gay chants.”
And this description of the same rally:
“Saturday evening, more than a handful of House Republicans held an impromptu rally on the Capitol steps. Using a megaphone, the lawmakers urged on the crowd. Shortly after 6 p.m., Rep. Ted Poe (R-Tex.) dared House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to come out onto the House steps and address the more than 1,000 people who were gathered at the foot of the Capitol, prompting a loud and angry chant of “Nancy, Nancy, Nancy.”
The rest, as they say, is history.