If House Speaker Paul Ryan hadn’t announced his resignation earlier this year, he probably wouldn’t have a job this November, anyway – not if Parkland activist David Hogg had his way.
Since another school shooting cost ten innocent people their lives Friday morning in Sante Fe, Texas, Hogg and his fellow activists (who should have been enjoy their last day of high school) have been busy continuing the hard work they began when seventeen of their own were slaughtered in February, fact-checking MAGA heads and offering words of support and comfort to their newly fellow survivors.
Now that the waters have calmed, Hogg has returned his attention to the people in this country who time and time again have thought and prayed about these tragedies but have done nothing substantive to create change – namely spineless Paul Ryan.
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) May 18, 2018
In his Friday evening tweet, Hogg retweeted a video from The Trace, a digital publication aimed at shining a light on America’s gun violence crisis. The video features D.C. area high school students protesting outside of Ryan’s office this morning demanding he bring a vote to the floor on gun reform.
“I love these kids,” Hogg began, referring to the students featured in the video, “almost as much as @SpeakerRyan loves arresting students practicing their First Amendment right to peacefully protest.”
Hogg is referring to The Trace’s report that several teens had already been arrested today just hours after America’s latest gun-related tragedy.
This isn’t Ryan’s first dismissal of his constituents using police force. Back in April of 2018, roughly ten other high school students reported to Ryan’s office for a peaceful sit-in demanding action on gun violence in the country. Without ever having the courage to come forward and hear their concerns, he called the police and had them arrested.
Now, the same day that ten more of our own was lost, he did it again, ordering the arrests of more high school students who just want the opportunity for themselves and their peers to receive a quality education and live to complete it.
Paul Ryan is the same man who made four separate attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in 2017 after almost a decade of promising to undo Obama’s greatest legislative achievement, but has yet to bring the gun debate to the House floor once.
Unfortunately, no one will get the satisfaction of voting Ryan out this fall, but it would be so sweet to replace his blood-spattered reputation with a shiny blue gem.
Good riddance, Ryan.