House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) was soundly scolded on the internet after wishing "all of the dads" a happy Father's Day as Republican President Donald Trump separates families at the border.
Speaker Ryan is a father of three children.
"My life changed the day I became a father. Liza, Charlie, and Sam are my highest priority," Ryan tweeted. "Wishing all of the dads out there a happy early Fathers Day."
My life changed the day I became a father. Liza, Charlie, and Sam are my highest priority. Wishing all of the dads… https://t.co/KRd3ksGJRT— Paul Ryan (@Paul Ryan) 1529169284.0
The ensuing uproar was quick and passionate.
"As a father who clearly cares for his children, Speaker Ryan should think of the agony that immigrant fathers are experiencing as their children are torn away from them due to the Trump Admin's heartless policy and congressional Republicans' complicity," noted political scientist Miranda Yaver.
Hillary Clinton's former national press secretary also had harsh words for Speaker Ryan.
"Paul Ryan is wishing a happy Father's Day to all the dads out there, except those who may be seeking asylum in this country and have had their young children ripped from their arms," argued Brian Fallon. "Those dads get Paul Ryan's cowardly silence."
"Except dads seeking asylum. In those cases, you are sitting by while this administration rips their children away and detains them," noted Think Progress editor Judd Legum. "Those fathers will not be having a Happy Father's Day."
"Tell it to the dads who’ve had their kids taken from them by the president to gain leverage in congressional negotiation," Vox writer Matthew Yglesias urged. "Visit one such dad, look him in the eye; and tell him how much your life changes and what a priority Liza, Charlie, and Sam are."
"History will remember your inaction. I will happily teach it," a fifth grade teacher promised.
Other commentators used harsher language.
You really are a spineless, tone-deaf jackass. How dare you boast about your 'fatherhood,' while supporting a policy and an administration that is tearing families apart," Christine Fair suggested. "Those children will suffer permanent damage. You should be working to change this policy."
"F*ck you and your shitty Vichy GOP that will go down in history for enabling the demise of American democracy," she added.
Here are some of the best additional comments on Speaker Ryan:
@SpeakerRyan You're a lying sack of 💩💩 you have no heart or you'd be pushing through legislation to stop the 🍊dicta… https://t.co/wYadnClf55— Marie Titus🌊🌊🌊🌊2020 (@Marie Titus🌊🌊🌊🌊2020) 1529170161.0
@SpeakerRyan We have concentration camps full of children ripped from their families...I wonder how their Fathers D… https://t.co/dwLUXcXqV3— CrankyMaddog (@CrankyMaddog) 1529170773.0
@SpeakerRyan Where did your children spend the night... Thousands slept in Detention holding cells.... 'You must Lo… https://t.co/bX0V65kUOs— Donn Reese (@Donn Reese) 1529169423.0
@SpeakerRyan You are leaving your children and grandchildren a sad legacy. Your name will be associated with a da… https://t.co/FDMETKWyMs— Renée🌊2020 #resist (@Renée🌊2020 #resist) 1529173821.0
@SpeakerRyan Yeah, kids *are* important to their fathers, wonder how you could act on that idea these days.— Kevin M. Kruse (@Kevin M. Kruse) 1529173758.0
@SpeakerRyan As a father, how do you feel about the fact that babies who are still breast-feeding are being forcibl… https://t.co/rsU7H3Znrn— Mangy Jay (@Mangy Jay) 1529173645.0
@SpeakerRyan Now imagine if they were taken away from you. #Trumpinternmentcamps— jeffinsavannah (@jeffinsavannah) 1529173370.0
@SpeakerRyan The bond between parents and kids is amazing, isn't it? Good people who had it in their power to prese… https://t.co/Aa9eeJX585— E. Picciuto ⚫️⚫️🕯🕯🔥🕯🕯🕯🕯 (@E. Picciuto ⚫️⚫️🕯🕯🔥🕯🕯🕯🕯) 1529169845.0
@Goss30Goss @SpeakerRyan A coward https://t.co/yog4UGvWD5— Sudsie M Schmidtke 🆘🇺🇸😷 (@Sudsie M Schmidtke 🆘🇺🇸😷) 1529177871.0
@SpeakerRyan While you unerringly and unquestioningly support tearing families apart for sadistic pleasure. This tweet is depraved.— Sam Sykes (@Sam Sykes) 1529173424.0
@SpeakerRyan It's pretty unfortunate that you don't give a shit about little brown babies.— Conspiracy Realist (@Conspiracy Realist) 1529169376.0
@SpeakerRyan You are complicit. https://t.co/RYTQ9gKJye— Gabe Ortíz (@Gabe Ortíz) 1529176864.0
@SpeakerRyan I'm sure that father that killed himself when his kids were taken at the border felt the same way once… https://t.co/edGFlj4krU— Constance Miller (@Constance Miller) 1529174233.0
This is the most tone-deaf bullshit I've ever seen. 2k children were ripped from their parents. They sleep in pens… https://t.co/sB03YdVQ1q— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@Holly Figueroa O'Reilly) 1529176187.0