One can think of reasons to disrespect Paul Ryan, but these eighth graders didn’t have any.
To hear that people publicly disrespect Paul Ryan will probably produce ambivalent feelings among conservatives. But, in this case, the rationale given to the media was that Paul Ryan didn’t want to spend more on big government and that he is a Trump supporter. Anyone who is remotely aware of Ryan’s history is aware that Ryan has been quite opposed to Trump. But unfortunately, the people opposing Ryan are victims of public education. According to a post on Mashable: “8th graders refuse to take a photo with Paul Ryan because they don’t ‘want to be associated with him.’”
Close to 100 8th graders refused to take a photo with the Speaker and instead sat in a parking lot across the street. Speaker Ryan then took a photo with the remaining class and posted it to his Instagram.
“I can’t take a picture with someone who supports a budget that would destroy public education and would leave 23 million people without healthcare,” Matthew Malespina, a student at the school, told his local newspaper, The Village Green.
Others grounded their decision in their aversion to Trump.
In addition to showing no understanding of the history of Ryan and Trump, we have in this story the spectacle of a propaganda victim upset that more money isn’t being spent to propagandize him!
Even though the story acknowledges that students who treated Barack Obama in the same way would be treated differently by parents and the media, the story portrays the student actions is a positive light.
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