So much for the minority outreach Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus pushed after the 2012 presidential election….he is blaming the Democrats for Rep. Paul Ryan’s lazy “inner city men” comment, which was a veiled racist attack on black men.
During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” when asked about Rep. Ryan’s comments by Candy Crowley, Priebus sidestepped whether the comment was inappropriate, but went directly after the Democrats.
Priebus said, “Paul said he thought it was inarticulate, but quite frankly, Democrats are lying in wait as well to pounce on whatever might be off tone.”
He added, “Why was Paul even talking about this? He was talking about it because he’s devoted a large part of his life, starting back when he worked with Jack Kemp, on finding ways to tackle poverty. I commend Paul for his work that he’s doing around the country.”
Never mind the fact that Rep. Paul Ryan cited Charles Murray, a conservative social scientist who believes blacks less intelligent than whites due to genetic differences and that poverty remains a national problem because “a lot of poor people are born lazy.”
Paul Ryan’s exact words during a radio show last week: “We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work, and so there is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with.”
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) read her colleague the riot act, saying his claims were a “thinly veiled racial attack.” He agreed to meet with the Congressional Black Caucus to patch things up.
I would urge people to beware that Paul Ryan may throw his hat in the ring for the 2016 presidential election. There’s nothing wrong with reforming entitlement programs, but since he holds true to the views of controversial and divisive people, one has to wonder what Rep. Ryan’s true intentions are.
[H/T Talking Points Memo]