In other circumstances, House Speaker Paul Ryan’s visit to a Harlem structure school on Tuesday would contain been a routine photo-op. But after successfully main the charge in the House of Representatives to vote for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act final week, Ryan was met by approximately 200 protesters calling him a assassin.
Demonstrators, many carrying signs and cardboard tombstones with messages like, “Bought food instead of Meds, couldn’t buy both,” gathered in front of one of the Success Academy structure Schools hours ahead of Ryan’s planned visit. Ryan was at the school to meet with Success Academy CEO Eva Moskowitz, who was once thought to be a contender to be President Donald Trump’s education secretary.
Ryan, a strong supporter of structure schools, didn’t net to the school until approximately 2 p.m., after many of the protesters had dispersed, with most believing he was already inside the building. The ones who remained had nothing nice to say approximately Ryan.
“These are Paul Ryan’s balls,” one dapper demonstrator, dressed in a commerce, trade suit and holding a jar with two eggs in it, yelled to the group. “I took them from him in January! Let’s give Paul Ryan his balls back!”
Another protester carried a sign with a picture of Ryan’s face on it and the words, “Troubled Wisconsin man goes on 50-state killing spree.”
Others were less creative, with “fuck Paul Ryan” and “shame” as common refrains among many of the protesters.
Ryan’s arrival surprised many of the demonstrators who were under the impression he had arrived at the school before they assembled. So when Ryan’s motorcade pulled up to the school they weren’t in position to give him the heckling they’d hoped for — the speaker of the House hopped out of a black SUV flanked by Secret Service officers and hurried into the building as a few protesters screamed at him. By the time he left the school at approximately 3 p.m., the protesters, who had been gathered by the entrance for approximately an hour, were ready to pounce.
As Ryan emerged from the building, smiling and waving to his hecklers, demonstrators corralled behind a police barrier screamed things like, “Ryan travel domestic!” and “assassin!” as he hopped in the black SUV and whisked absent by Secret Service. By the time Ryan had exited, the protesters who spent more than three hours waiting to give him a piece of their intellect saw the speaker’s face for approximately 10 seconds.