‘Mythical Ayn Randian utopia’: Internet brutalizes Paul Ryan for not knowing Wisconsin’s minimum wage
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) is a busy man; when he’s not getting blindsided by Donald Trump’s decision to side with rival politicians Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) over the debt ceiling, he’s deep in the Congressional trenches, protecting his speakership from a growing threat by House Freedom Caucus members and former chief White House strategist Steve Bannon.
So on Thursday, when Ryan was asked during a New York Times TimesTalk a very basic question—“What’s the minimum wage” in his home state of Wisconsin?—the speaker was apparently unable to sift through the Ayn Rand novels he’s committed to memory to come to the correct answer without help from an audience member.
At the New York Times TimesTalk with @SpeakerRyan, he wasn’t able to answer a very simple question:
“What’s the minimum wage in Wisconsin?” pic.twitter.com/hzQLIIRsNo
— Nicholas Kitchel (@nicholaskitchel) September 7, 2017
Appalled by Ryan’s lack of knowledge on this matter, the internet was quick to point out that Randy Bryce—a union ironworker and Southeastern Wisconsin native who hopes to unseat the speaker in 2018—is probably in the know on his state’s $7.25 an hour minimum wage.
Read some of the best reactions to Ryan’s flub below, via Twitter.
Paul Ryan trying to answer questions about what the minimum wage in Wisconsin is like pic.twitter.com/LFhroM0zqo
— Everybody Look (@y0urpants) September 8, 2017
— Soledad O’Brien (@soledadobrien) September 7, 2017
Wow! Clueless House Speaker Paul Ryan has no idea what the minimum wage is in his state. Duh! https://t.co/UXDK02Suia
— Cornelia (@PaladinCornelia) September 8, 2017
Easy to explain – people on minimum wage are not the people Ryan is working for.
— Mike Morris (@1MikeMorris) September 8, 2017
— Laura Wood (@bosoxsiobhan) September 8, 2017
Blame Big Government. In Ryan’s mythical Ayn Randian utopia there would be no minimum wage or beneficial workplace regulations of any sort.
— Michael Dominowski (@dominowski) September 8, 2017
“Policy wonk” my ass.
Paul Ryan couldn’t answer a simple question about Wisconsin’s minimum wage.
Let’s expose this phony. https://t.co/xO9CjE8m7d
— Eugene Kane (@eugene_kane) September 8, 2017
Paull Ryan’s concern over the minimum wage is to low to register. Ryan is there to represent the Rich only.
— Mechadave (@Anumbr1) September 8, 2017
Raise your hand if you actually thought Paul Ryan knew wisconsin’s minimum wage. I’ll wait. pic.twitter.com/sWXKA6RBzd
— RIP frick&frack (@OliviaToke) September 8, 2017
Ryan does not care, to him the minimum wage is wrong. Randian thinking.
— William Cook (@obiwill_kenobi) September 8, 2017
If Ryan had his way, there wouldn’t BE a minimum wage.
— Deborah H. Arrington (@DebarringtonH) September 8, 2017
Paul Ryan doesn’t know the minimum wage in Wisconson. It’s kind of amazing how little these people actually know. https://t.co/YBCcSNkreO
— Verrit Star (@delmoi) September 8, 2017
Ryan doesn’t even Know someone who makes minimum wage, so why should he? https://t.co/oDzbk0rtGP
— Jim Mooney (@cybervigilante) September 8, 2017
Why would the minimum wage in his home state be important to Paul Ryan? His voters are not working at those jobs. https://t.co/JbUFt4OyCT
— Susan Garbanzo (@Soenda) September 8, 2017
Ryan needs to try living on minimum wage for a month. He would never forget it. Pretend to pay rent, utilities
— Gail (@gailcara_gail) September 8, 2017
Paul Ryan does not give a flying you-know-what about the minimum wage workers of Wisconsin or anywhere else. https://t.co/BfgdOkE2Ux
— Mimi Wells (@mimi_wells) September 8, 2017
UPDATE: An earlier version of this article read, “the speaker was apparently unable to sift through the Ayn Rand novels he’s committed to memory to come to the correct answer.” It has been edited to reflect that the speaker was in fact able to come to the correct answer after an audience member chimed in. Watch a video of the exchange below, beginning at the 45-minute mark.
This is the video. It’s at the 45-minute mark. See for yourself. https://t.co/rfRnEIVFND
— Jeremy Binckes (@jbinckes) September 8, 2017