Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) is trying to tell us he was misunderstood when he called men in the inner city lazy and averse to work.
The House Budget Committee chairman told Crew of 42’s Lauren Victoria Burke on Wednesday that his comments, made earlier in the day on Bill Bennett’s “Morning In America,” were taken out of context.
“It was a long talk and he asked about the culture and I just went off of that,” Ryan told Burke. “This has nothing to do whatsoever with race. It never even occurred to me. This has nothing to do with race whatsoever.”
“This isn’t a race based comment it’s a breakdown of families, it’s rural poverty in rural areas, and talking about where poverty exists — there are no jobs and we have a breakdown of the family,” he explained, repeating “This has nothing to do with race.”
Yeah, except when he made the comment earlier he cited the work of Charles Murray as proof of his statement. Murray has a history of claiming that black people are genetically inferior to other races, most notably in his 1994 book The Bell Curve. So it’s pretty easy to come to the conclusion that what Mr. Ryan said was about race.