Ryan Scared Of Confrontation, Says He Won’t Do Public Town Halls Because Of Protestors
House Speaker Paul Ryan announced on Friday that he will not be holding public town halls due to his growing concerns over potential protestors coming in from outside districts.
“Aside from the obvious security concerns, what we have found is there are people who are trying to come in from out of the district to disrupt town hall meetings and not have a civil discussion, so what I have been doing is looking for new and creative ways to interact with my constituents in a civil way,” Ryan said, speaking at a Boy Scouts event in Wisconsin.
“That’s why I have done a number of telephone town hall meetings, which I find very effective as people don’t have to travel. I do office hours. I just did them this morning in Janesville. In addition, I am doing a lot of business ones,” the Speaker said.
On Thursday, Ryan held a town hall-style meeting in his home district, but did not allow the public in.
“I find when you guys are there, people kind of clam up. They get a little nervous, but when you do business town halls without media it is very interactive, so I am finding a lot of different ways to have a good civil dialogue with constituents,” he continued.
Ryan also offered his office hours as a way to prevent interruptions from protesters from outside districts.
“Additionally, if you want to come do office hours, they schedule office hours because I don’t want to have a situation where we just have a screaming fest, a shouting fest where people are being bussed in from out of the district to get on TV because they are yelling at somebody. That does nobody any good, and what I want to do is have a civil, good conversation with constituents, and that’s why I do all these different things, whether it’s planned tours, telephone town halls, office hours and the rest,” he said.
Ryan seems to want to run away from confrontation. Is he scared that people will question him about Republicans’ plan to take healthcare away from millions while cutting taxes from the wealthy.
If Ryan wants to avoid confrontation he should do the right thing.
Ryan’s seat is up for takes in the 2018 election.