Appearing in MSNBCs AM Joy, a Wisconsin political activist ripped into Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Saturday morning for holding a private town hall that did not include his own constituents in order to avoid questions about guns from supporters of the Parkland teens.
According to host Joy Reid, the House Speaker, “did hold a town hall, but it was closed door and not in his district and rather far away from it, in Ft. Worth, Texas.”
“It was not about gun reform but about Paul Ryan’s most favoritest thing: tax cuts for the rich” she added, noting the survivors of the Parkland shooting last month have been pressing voters to attend congressional town hall and push lawmakers to explain their stance on guns.
“Paul Ryan, not holding town halls at home. going all the way to Texas to hold town halls about tax cuts. What does that say to you?” Reid asked Scot Ross, the executive director of One Wisconsin Now.
“It’s been 915 days since Paul Ryan held a town hall here in the state of Wisconsin,” Ross explained.”The reason he’s not holding these is because the environment is hostile for Republicans currently, and politically. Republicans like Ryan think they is bury their head in the sand and wait for it to ride out.”
“The progressives are going to go out and vote and stick it to the bullies at the NRA, while Paul Ryan is the top dog, played dead and rolled over for the NRA,” he added.
“Paul Ryan is known for wanting tax cuts and more tax cuts, he isn’t known for a pro-gun advocate, ” Reid suggested. “He’s thought of as a Koch brothers product. How in bed with the NRA is he?”
“He has raised some of the most money out of any member of Congress in the last session,” Ross stated. “We have seen no piece of legislation, common sense gun safety legislation pass under Paul Ryan’s leadership. We know that here in the state of Wisconsin there’s a number of politicians held hostage to the NRA doing their bidding and Paul Ryan is 100 percent one of them and he’s been at the forefront of blocking all federal sense gun reform legislation.”
Watch the video below via MSNBC: