Remember when we used to have such high hopes for Paul Ryan? Back in 2012, we cheered Mitt Romney for picking him as his running mate. Yay! Paul Ryan was bringing some much-needed conservative bona fides to the ticket, all is well.
Fast forward five years, and many of us look on in bemusement as the once golden boy becomes more and more of the problem.
Take today, for instance. The now Speaker of the House is preparing for a CNN town hall in Racine, Wisconsin, the focus of which will undoubtedly turn to the events last weekend in Charlottesville and devolve into rampant Trump bashing. It’s CNN, after all.
As part of his preparations for the town hall, Ryan issued a statement entitled, “Let There Be No Confusion,” in which he does nothing but create confusion about the ills currently plaguing our society.
His statement hits so woefully short of the mark that it’s hard to know where to begin. So let’s begin with the statement itself.
First off, yes, what happened to Heather Heyer is a travesty, and what her family and friends are going through right now is the darkest of nightmares. Americans from all walks of life mourn alongside the Heyer family; we don’t need Paul Ryan to tell us how to react to this situation, we already know.
Ryan’s sentiments start to derail when his “anger, bewilderment, sadness” is aimed at only one part of the problem in Charlottesville: the white supremacists. Guess which violent thugs get a pass?
If you said the be-masked fascist with the homemade flamethrower, you’d be right. Paul Ryan ignores the insidious threat posed by the antifa fascists who showed up in Charlottesville with the intention of causing chaos. And cause chaos they did.
And antifa fascists are showing up in communities across the country — defacing, destroying, injuring, and generally trampling all over the rights of their fellow Americans. Did Ryan call them “repugnant”? Of course not. Paul Ryan dosen’t need to tell us how to feel about white supremacists, we already know.
As one commenter on Facebook said in reply to Ryan:
The Nazis, loathsome though they may be, have a right of free speech. They also had a permit to march. The Antifa thugs did not have a permit, and they certainly did not have a right to assault people with mace, clubs and thrown projectiles before the assembly. Antifa turned a simple display of racist douchebaggery into a riot.
This is exactly right. Call a spade a spade here, Mr. Speaker. Use your political muscle where it counts, instead of issuing half-arsed proclamations.
When Ryan says —
“I still firmly believe this hate exists only on the fringes. But so long as it exists, we need to talk about it. We need to call it what it is. And so long as it is weaponized for fear and terror, we need to confront it and defeat it.”
— did he not see the fallacy in condemning only part of the problem? And whom exactly was weaponized, and more importantly, used their weapons in Charlottesville? (See picture above.)
How sad is it that Paul Ryan is feeding into the false narrative being pushed by the mainstream media, especially his partner in tonight’s town hall? It is laughable and insanely ludicrous of him to say this isn’t a “political” issue. He just made it one.
This is scarily similar to the tendency of many on the left to remain silent about the problem of radical Muslims slaughtering innocents because, well, it’s scary to call out the violent bad guys. So, despite all his P90X muscles, Paul Ryan is nothing but a wimp when it comes to the truth about antifa fascists.
So, what’s going on here? Paul Ryan is setting the stage for tonight’s town hall, where he will use his myopic view of Charlottesville to skewer President Trump. Make no mistake, despite his words above, Paul Ryan means to make this a VERY political and VERY divisive issue.
Paul Ryan doesn’t need to look at today’s eclipse, he’s already blind.