Islamophobia Lizard People

Is Paul Ryan a Lizard?

Pictured: Paul Ryan imitating human behavior

Speaker Paul Ryan's endorsement of unhinged racist Donald Trump looked bad enough on its own without knowing what else appeared on Ryan's busy schedule yesterday.

Just a couple hours before endorsing the man who has called for banning Muslims from the country, Speaker Ryan met with the Fellowship of Reconciliation, an interfaith peace organization that asked him to speak out against Islamopobia.

Following their meeting at his Janesville, Wisconsin office, the Fellowship of Reconciliation said Paul promised the group that he would “speak out against anti-Muslim rhetoric” and visit the new Muslim Community Center and Masjid in his hometown. Anthony Grimes, the Fellowship of Reconciliation’s Director of Campaigns and Strategy, told ThinkProgress the meeting included a local
Muslim faith leader and his daughter, who “shared their stories about what it’s like to be Muslim in this country.”

Mr. Ryan was supportive of trying to build a country of people of all faiths,” Grimes said. “He affirmed much of our messaging.

Speaker Ryan promised that he would speak out against Islamophobia and you know the rest. He endorsed Donald freakin' Trump just two hours after this meeting. Trump has called for banning Muslims from the country and he regularly fantasizes about about shooting Muslims with bullets dipped in pigs blood during his rally speeches.

There's something not right with Republicans. The degree to which they don't seem to understand or care how people feel, or even experience the same feelings, is unmistakable.

Ryan and his colleagues may not be shape-shifting lizards, but the only thing remaining in their heads is their lizard brains.

Several hours after Ryan endorsed Trump, Trump said the "Mexican" judge (who was born in Indiana) overseeing the Trump University fraud case has a "conflict of interest" because Trump is building a wall.

  • Camacho/Trump 2016!!

    Is Paul Ryan a lizard? Some are saying.

  • muselet

    There was a day when politicians could pull off a stunt like this one and face no real consequences. Do something contrary to what one just said? Who’s going to find out?

    That day ended when long-distance phone calls got cheap. Yet here’s Paul Ryan trying to have it both ways in an age when every reporter has an internet-capable device in her/his pocket.

    Paul Ryan isn’t nearly as bright as we’re continually told, is he?

    –alopecia

    • Christopher Foxx

      There was a day when politicians could pull off a stunt like this one and face no real consequences. Do something contrary to what one just said? Who’s going to find out?

      Those days are these days.

      Yes, every reporter has a phone in their pocket that gives them immediate access to nearly the entire collected knowledge of mankind. They could fact check any statement a politician makes in moments and file the story in real time. But they’re “reporters” and see their job as merely reporting what the politician said.

      Paul Ryan won’t suffer any consequences for his blatant hypocrisy and naked lies.

      • muselet

        Forty or fifty years ago, a politician could hold a public event in one city and say x, then hop on a plane, fly to another event in another city and say y, which directly contradicted his first statement. Nobody would know until much later, after reporters covering the two events got together and compared notes. By that time, the reporters didn’t care any longer and their editors just shrugged.

        Now, even stenographic reporting can catch a politician trying shenanigans like that—because stories are filed in real time and because it’s child’s play to find out what went on during an earlier campaign event—and a reporter who’s at all enterprising can point out the contradiction.

        I don’t expect Paul Ryan personally to suffer serious consequences for his hypocrisy, either, but I guarantee he lost for Republicans the votes of even politically-conservative Muslims for at least a couple of generations. The national GOP doesn’t seem to have learned the lesson the California GOP did a couple of decades ago with Proposition 187: don’t piss off a growing demographic group to pander to a shrinking one. With the candidacy of Donald Trump, the GOP has gone out of its way to piss off two growing demographic groups—Latinos and Muslims—to shore up its support with aging white men.

        In the medium- to long-term, that strategy will not work out well for the GOP.

        –alopecia

        • Christopher Foxx

          Forty or fifty years ago, a politician could hold a public event in one city and say x, then hop on a plane, fly to another event in another city and say y, which directly contradicted his first statement. Nobody would know until much later, after reporters covering the two events got together and compared notes. By that time, the reporters didn’t care any longer

          True. And now the reporters don’t care instantly.

          Consequently, we get the same result as before. Politicians can lie blatantly and they’re not getting called on their shit. I maintain: those days are these days.

  • Why am I not shocked? /rhetorical