On Wednesday, it was announced that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan will not be running for reelection in November. Over the last few months, there have been rumblings that the failed vice presidential candidate was out, but nothing had been confirmed. According to the New York Times, Ryan told Republicans his decision was related to his family, but some are not convinced:
Mr. Ryan has been frustrated with the seemingly unending tensions in his conference between conservative hard-liners and mainstream Republicans and the unpredictable Mr. Trump, whose recent tilt toward imposing tariffs and inviting a trade war is anathema to the free market-oriented speaker.
Mr. Ryan, who told his staff about his decision at an early-morning meeting, indicated to advisers that he knows retiring will create political difficulties for the party but that he felt he could not in good conscience commit to another full two-year term.
While Republicans, the sane ones left, are upset that Ryan is leaving, the rest of America is not. The Speaker has a long, long history of screwing over the most vulnerable Americans while catering to the poor. Americans took to Twitter in droves to celebrate Ryan’s departure:
fuck paul ryan!
— Joey Dukeson (@JoeyDukeson) April 11, 2018
Paul Ryan sees the ship is sinking and he's getting off.
— Vandy (@vandy73) April 11, 2018
Payl Ryan will be remembered in history for two things: ramming through a tax cut that served none but the wealthy (like himself) and corporations, and utter cowardice in the face of Donald Trump’s flagrant abrogations of decency and civic norms. There will be no accolades.
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) April 11, 2018
As Paul Ryan runs for the hills, remember that Nancy Pelosi, 30 years his senior, has been at this way longer while putting up with way more bullshit, yet has never waved the white flag. She is so underappreciated. Democrats are extremely lucky to have such a fighter.
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) April 11, 2018
After Paul Ryan has blocked restoring the VRA & passed corporate welfare as tax reform & dismantled healthcare, he is now leaving before the consequences of his actions.
— Rev. Dr. Barber (@RevDrBarber) April 11, 2018
Two weeks ago, 40 students marched 50 miles to Paul Ryan's hometown chanting, "If you don't listen Paul, your reign will surely fall." I guess we were right.
Now, who's next? #50more
— March For Our Lives: 50 Miles More (@50milesmore) April 11, 2018
Breaking: Paul Ryan will not be seeking re-election so he can devote more time to being the Night King. pic.twitter.com/SaMZWzRIN6
— OhNoSheTwitnt (@OhNoSheTwitnt) April 11, 2018
Paul Ryan will not seek re-election.
— Tommy Campbell (@MrTommyCampbell) April 11, 2018
I hope Paul Ryan gets tied up in some dungeoun and punched in the dick for the rest of his life.
— Carly Lundin 🥀🍞 (@Carlyylra) April 11, 2018
To be fair to Paul Ryan, he will make a lot more money starving kids in the private sector–and he'll probably starve a lot more kids
— REVIVED Transit, Gloria! (@samknight_one) April 11, 2018
Paul Ryan loves his kids so much that he’s willing to take time away from his life-long commitment to taking food and medicine away from poor children in order to spend more time with them.
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) April 11, 2018
Welp, doesn’t look like he’ll be missed.