House Speaker Paul Ryan was greeted by hundreds of protesters who called him a coward as he entered an event through a back alleyway.
Rep. Ryan (R-Wisconsin) who was scheduled to speak at a nonprofit career training event in Providence, Rhode Island on Thursday, had to enter the office building hosting the event through a back entrance to get away from a large crowd of protesters, according to the Associated Press.
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The AP reported that protesters were chiefly voicing their displeasure with Speaker Ryan’s support of the Trump agenda, namely his executive order banning immigration from several predominantly Muslim countries and his stated plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
“No matter where he goes, wherever he takes his radically dangerous Ryan-Trump agenda, the resistance will be there to meet him,” said Rhode Island state representative Aaron Regunberg (D-Providence) on a bullhorn.
Georgia Hollister Isman, who is the state director of Rhode Island Working Families, said that protesters were also confronting Ryan at the event, since the House Speaker has yet to hold a town hall in his home district despite repeated requests from his constituents.
“We want [Paul Ryan] to hear loud and clear that his values are Wall Street values, they’re not Rhode Island values,” Isman said.
Year Up, the organization that hosted the training, offers low-income young adults six months of career training followed by an internship with one of its corporate partners. Protesters emphasized that they weren’t protested Year Up, but Ryan’s presence there. The AP reports that Paul Salem, the president of Year Up, is a member of a Providence Equity Partners, which donated over $700,000 to Republican candidates and causes in the 2016 campaign cycle.
Tom Cahill is a writer for the Resistance Report based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at [email protected], or follow him on Facebook.