Time and time again various members of the GOP have proven that they don’t care about marginalized groups of people. That is unless members of those groups serve a purpose that will somehow benefit those Republicans.
For example, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) along with the Trump administration is viciously attacking Americans with pre-existing medical conditions via their so-called health care bill. However, because he thought it would look good, Ryan recently tweeted a picture of himself with a young boy who has muscular dystrophy. Twitter users slammed Ryan, but the fact that he thought it was okay to exploit the child as he did speaks to his ignorance and just how out of touch he is with reality.
Well, Ryan is at it again. Despite the manner in which the GOP has done the absolute most to exclude and single-out LGBTQ+ and non-white communities, a gay woman, Crystal Griner, whose skin also happens to be brown, is credited for having saved Steve Scalise’s (R-LA) life. Now suddenly, who she is and what she represents is being embraced by the GOP.
As if Ryan isn’t often the face of policies that are anti-anyone from a marginalized group, he exploited Griner as only he could by tweeting:
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) June 24, 2017
Naturally, Twitter users raked Ryan over the coals for his gross display of hypocrisy. Most people were all too happy to point out the rights that Ryan and his Republican colleagues have worked so hard to prevent members of the LGBT+ and other under-served groups from having:
But not awesome enough to support her getting married, adopting children, or having protection from hate crimes?
— Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) June 24, 2017
Just a reminder that Paul Ryan is against Gay Marriage and has voted against Gay Adoptions and Hate Crime Laws.
— Drew (@NiceDrewishFela) June 24, 2017
He won’t recognize her humanity, but will gladly use her for political means.
— Drew (@NiceDrewishFela) June 24, 2017
Ryan, it would have been more appropriate if she had autographed a ball for you. She’s a hero. You’re not
— Tom Tiernan (@CountryFirst50) June 24, 2017
Remember what she did the next time you want to take away LGBTQ rights … just saying
— BeautifulWreck (@BeautifulWreck2) June 24, 2017
She bested you by simply doing her job, no matter the cost because she serves the people. You should learn how to do that, Mr. Ryan.
— Calamity Jane (@CalamityJane202) June 24, 2017
I’m thinking these asswipe republicans are freaked out about a black, gay woman might have touched one of them! Especially Scalise!
— Linda Mallon (@lindamallom53) June 24, 2017
Yes Paul a gay woman of color. That must really wrankle you deep down inside
— Ted David (@teddavid) June 24, 2017
Nice PR stunt. You’re gonna need a bigger boat! pic.twitter.com/t9CynMtvVY
— Barry O. Unchained (@BarryOUnchained) June 24, 2017
HOW DARE YOU MAKE THIS ABOUT YOU
— Jodi Palacios (@Liberatethem) June 24, 2017
She’s a better woman than me. I’d have shoved that softball where the sun don’t shine, you duplicitous sh•t. She’s a Patriot. You’re not.
— Barbara Apple Wood (@appleallen1) June 24, 2017
You do know that she is gay ?? This does not fit into your religious beliefs but she did save one of your own so……..
— Defiant Ms.E (@Larramarr1980) June 24, 2017
You’ll do anything for a photo op Paul. Smile for the camera while behind the scenes you work vigorously to deny her basic human rights.
— Barb Buffa Buchanan (@babsbruno) June 24, 2017
So, hopefully you will acknowledge that people in the LGBTQ community contribute to society and are “good” people after all?
— Bitter Lemon (@solonl2001) June 24, 2017
Many people don’t understand what white privilege means. White privilege means you can go above and beyond to discriminate against certain groups of people, but embrace members of those groups when doing so allows you to gain something. Ryan’s tweet is the epitome of white privilege.
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