How Paul Ryan Pretended To Volunteer At A Soup Kitchen

Written by Annie-Rose Strasser

Between Mitt Romney’s claim that 47 percent of the country “believe they are entitled to” government assistance to afford food and Paul Ryan’s assertion that people on food stamps are “takers, the entire Romney campaign has cemented the impression that they are “not concerned about the very poor.”

Ryan might have topped any previous callousness though, when he and his staff apparently “ramrodded their way” into a soup kitchen last week for a photo opportunity without even actually volunteering.

President of the Mahoning County St. Vincent De Paul Society, Brian J. Antal, told the Washington Post that he had no interest in making his organization a political talking point: “we are apolitical because the majority of our funding is from private donations… It’s strictly in our bylaws not to do it. They showed up there and they did not have permission. They got one of the volunteers to open up the doors… The photo-op they did wasn’t even accurate. He did nothing. He just came in here to get his picture taken at the dining hall.”

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.


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aileen cheetham
AILEEN C5 years ago

Who could fall for a staged trick like the kitchen photo. I f this man had been doing this for real in his past and not just to get elected then they would have published a shed-load of photos...Do they have such arroganc to think we would fall for this???

Kimberlee W.
Kimberlee W5 years ago

You all realize that Mitt is invested heavily with an equity firm that has something like 3 members of their board also invested in the voting machines that something like 11 states currently use, right?

And that 19 states have decided NOT to have exit polling this year.

Yeah, the bastards are going to steal it and even their supporters will have no shame as they seem to believe that it should be theirs anyway by hook or by crook. I feel sorry for Old Timey Republicans. I could talk to them; not this new breed of fascist weirdo.

Melanie W.
Melanie W5 years ago

Clean dishes need love too. LoL :(

James Holland
Elizabeth Keenan5 years ago

And now the soup kitchen, which serves a real non-partisan need, is losing donations. Great job Ryan.

mike rollo
mike rollo5 years ago

what phony dildo operator!

Lynda Duke
Lynda Duke5 years ago

Pretentious Doucebags!

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin5 years ago

Robme and Lyin' Ryan. What a couple of douchebags!

Magdalen B.
Magdalen B5 years ago

Amazed that he thought this was convincing.

john byrne
john byrne5 years ago

Hold on to your hat, wait until you see whats in store for the voters.Paul is now about to dazzle us with pictures of him working out, im working out at the thought of it. Please Paul now that this has been posted reconsider that option as there is only so much us mortals can handle.

Ellyn L.
Ellen L5 years ago

Typical tea party move. Ryan is pure scum.