Some Twitter users labeled House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) a “hypocrite” on Wednesday after he called identity politics and tribalism “morally wrong.”
“Twenty-first-century technology has proven that tribalism and identity politics is effective. More to the point, which is even worse, people make money off of it,” Ryan said at a WisPolitics Q&A in the Capitol.
“Internet, money has proven identity politics and tribalism works. It’s politically effective. It’s morally wrong, but it’s politically effective,” he added. “What bothers me is it’s being practiced on both sides: the right and the left.”
Check out Ryan’s comments from the 24-minute mark here:
Tweeters called out Ryan for being “complicit” with President Donald Trump’s administration, which they said had done more to push forward tribalism and identity politics than anyone else:
This guy. He has zero capacity of moral leadership. He has systematically enabled a president who has pushed tribalism and identity politics and Who has seriously damaged democratic institutions. He needs to just leave the scene. https://t.co/dHNakzMMM4
— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) September 12, 2018
You are unraveling the institutions you clain to support. You are a smug hypocrite.
— CJ (@_eng_CJ) September 13, 2018
There was no one, over the past two years, better positioned to combat those things than you, dude, and your were too cowardly and craven to do it. Spare me. Empty your desk and leave. https://t.co/eKJVpWsoot
— Craig Calcaterra (@craigcalcaterra) September 13, 2018
The capacity of Ryan to deny the reality that’s right in front of his face remains remarkable to me. But only barely. Ryan, McConnel and so many other spineless Republicans have really ratcheted down my view of human nature. Sad to say.
— Steven Beschloss (@StevenBeschloss) September 12, 2018
Ryan conceded that “the extreme partisanship and tribalism that dominates today’s politics is extremely effective at turning out voters and winning elections, but said it was morally wrong” is the most Paul Ryan-esque thing ever said.
Feckless. Complicit. Coward
— Timothy Kenison 🌊 #ProtectMueller #VoteGillum (@TimothyKenison) September 12, 2018
“It’s morally wrong, but it’s politically effective.”
Paul Ryan refuses to admit to his complicit behavior in the insanity that is this current presidential administration. As a former Wisconsinite, as well as Janesville
Resident born and raised, I am ashamed of this imposter.
— SherryLiz (@SherryLiz) September 13, 2018
Its my hope that everyone who aided and abetted this president is constantly reminded through their remaining years that in the time the country needed them most, they failed. It should haunt and follow them in all they do going forward. The damage to our country will last years.
— L J (@ljohnson333) September 13, 2018
Seriously. I almost have more respect for the strong partisans who own what they’re doing. I just started teaching a class on Congress and Public Pollcy and it’s hard for me not to roll my eyes when Paul Ryan’s name comes up.
— Miranda Yaver (@mirandayaver) September 13, 2018
Paul Ryan has been a tremendous disappointment. I’ve heard people that know him say they cannot believe how he has capitulated to DJT. If this has been a test of integrity and backbone, he failed miserably!
— SD Cincy (@sdCincy) September 12, 2018