On Monday, the Washington Post reported on an interview between former House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and PBS NewsHour's Judy Woodruff at the Aspen Ideas Festival.
Ryan continued to insist that he supports President Donald Trump, saying that 'didn't have the best relationship' with him but that 'he's taking on political correctness; he's taking fights that a lot of people want to see fought. The forgotten man that he speaks to is a person that finally feels like they're being taken seriously, they’re being paid attention to.'" He also pointedly refused to say whether Trump was a good role model for American children.
Ryan's sycophantic defense of the president promptly earned mockery from social media. Some people pointed out that Trump's primary demographic is in fact one of the least "forgotten" in American politics, while others simply ridiculed Ryan's lack of an ability to question his party on anything:
@washingtonpost By "forgotten man" @SpeakerRyan means "white people"— Zack Hunt (@Zack Hunt)1561410871.0
@washingtonpost How can we ever forget old, rich white men? I think about them and how they are controlling the pol… https://t.co/PF6bpZUQox— Scott Bond (@Scott Bond)1561412146.0
@washingtonpost Forget you Paul— George Thomas (@George Thomas)1561410507.0
@washingtonpost Ryan’s Trump-view is almost as warped as Trump’s worldview.— Adam Thompson (@Adam Thompson)1561410720.0
@washingtonpost Trump: for every out-of-work coal miner who has periodic negative thoughts about black people going to college— Amber (@Amber)1561412208.0
@washingtonpost I thought this was from The Onion...seriously, why do you even allow him to be in your paper??!!— Valzbear (@Valzbear)1561412081.0