Resist Hate RI Welcomes Speaker Ryan

Once again, our resistance efforts are being noticed nationwide! This time it was Paul Ryan, Trump’s pusillanimous enabler-in-chief, who crossed our path. He came to Providence on March 2 to harvest corporate donations and a photo-op.

Like most Congressional Republicans, Ryan has been hiding from his own constituents, scared to face their wrath over his plans to gut health insurance, Social Security, public schools, environmental protections, and executive branch oversight. So when we heard he was coming to Rhode Island, we decided to call up our friends in Wisconsin and invite them to meet Paul Ryan in Providence … virtually.

On Thursday afternoon, hundreds of us gathered outside Ryan’s scheduled photo-op location, many of us holding up phones with Wisconsinites FaceTimed in for the occasion. As Ryan’s black car slipped by into the back alley under police protection, we chanted:

“Coward! Coward! Coward!”

“Hey hey, ho ho!
Paul Ryan has got to go!”

“2, 4, 6, 8, Congress must investigate!
3, 5, 7, 9, Paul Ryan, grow a spine!”


Of course, Paul Ryan never did stop by to talk to us or to his dialed-in constituents. But unfortunately for him, our still-free press did. Here’s what they had to say:

Watch our highlight reel, below: