Paul Ryan, former Republican Representative from Wisconsin and former Speaker of the House, decided to retire from politics and not seek reelection in 2018. But that does not mean he will not step forward publicly, or step in it, as the case may be.
When Ryan recently decided to extol the virtues of President Donald Trump in an interview with PBS Newshour's Judy Woodruff, his remarks got more backlash than backing.
"[Trump]’s not taking any crap. I mean, 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. And he’s concerned about their issues."
"That is the guttural core of what I would call the party base right now, the Trump base."
People had theories on who those forgotten men might be.
Some offered suggestions of people Ryan and Trump might have forgotten to remember.
A few questioned if the interview was a joke.
People also questioned Ryan's motives for making such statements now that he is retired from politics.
And while Ryan failed to elaborate what issues unite Trump and the "forgotten man," people offered suggestions.
Watch the full interview with Paul Ryan here.
As for the "forgotten man" rhetoric that Ryan revived, President Richard Nixon used the same line in his presidential campaign. It is not intended to appeal to anyone new, but rather to speak to those core supporters, letting them know they are the real victims.
But hatred, fear and self-pity are strong motivators. Especially at the ballot box.
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