GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan loves to pretend that the GOP doesn’t have a race problem. The 2012 autopsy report from the spectacular loss of the Romney/Ryan ticket to President Obama and Vice President Biden had a lot of so-called “minority outreach” goals. Clearly, none of those goals have been accomplished. After all, the current GOP standard-bearer, Donald Trump, has run a campaign that is steeped in racism. He kicked off his campaign by calling Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals, he has called for a ban on all Muslims entering the United States, has called women fat pigs and dogs, and accused Fox host and debate moderator Megyn Kelly of being menstrual when called out on this, and a whole host of other things that play to the bigotry that is so inherent in the current incarnation of the GOP.
All of that aside though, there is one very telling photo making the rounds on the internet that perfectly illustrates just how, well WHITE the Republican Party is, despite the wide range of diversity that makes up the actual country. It’s a priceless selfie of Paul Ryan showcasing himself with bunches of young republicans, and you won’t see one face of color in that grand sea of white. (Editor’s Note: Yes, technically there are a few. I count three. This was meant to be a joke to highlight the GOP’s diversity problem, not a hard count.)
For your viewing pleasure (or disgust) here is the tweet of that photo:
Then again, this is, on the whole, how GOP lawmakers and voters alike want their party to be, no matter what they say to the contrary. They’ve had opportunities to change, they just won’t.
It’s no wonder, then, that the Republican nominee for president currently sits with historically low popularity with minority groups. In the battleground state of Pennsylvania, for example, a recent poll found Trump has an astonishing ZERO percent support from African Americans. Pollsters couldn’t find a single black person who said they would be voting for Trump in November. That is staggering.
So these smiling young Republicans may be the future of the GOP – but they certainly aren’t the future of America.
Featured image via Twitter