Vice-presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) ran into his own meme at an event in Colorado Tuesday, as an online campaign designed to expose his record on women’s health issues infiltrated his speech from above.
Members of the Choose Ryan, Lose Choice campaign managed to fly a banner while Ryan was speaking in Lakewood, Colorado. CNBC reporter Eamon Javers tweeted a picture of the banner, which read, “Hey girl, choose me, lose choice – P. Ryan.”
The campaign’s tumblr page features pictures of a smiling Ryan juxtaposed with “feminist-sounding” affirmations of his policy, like “Hey girl, got birth control? Not for long.” and “Hey girl, you’ll love my choices for your body.” Both it and the non-affiliated @PaulRyanGosling twitter account are based on a popular blog, Feminist Ryan Gosling, created by University of Wisconsin-Madison grad student Danielle Henderson.
The sign wasn’t the only protest against Ryan Tuesday; Politico posted a picture of an admission ticket for “Fertilized Egg.” On Monday, another group of protesters interrupted Ryan’s speech at the Iowa State Fair, accusing him of engaging in “a war on the middle class.”
In April, 76 protesters, including television actor Noah Wyle, were arrested while staging a demonstration against Ryan’s plan to gut Medicaid. And last year, video surfaced of Ryan cracking a joke after a 71-year-old man was pushed to the ground by police and arrested after questioning Ryan’s policies at a town hall event.