Hundreds of Angry Wisconsinites Found a Clever Way to Heckle Paul Ryan in Rhode Island

House Speaker Paul Ryan won't hold a meeting in his home state of Wisconsin, and his constituents are fed up. After months of being ignored by their congressman, Wisconsinites even took out a Craigslist ad to try and get his attention during February's Congressional recess.


So when the Working Families Party of Rhode Island found out the House speaker would be attending a meeting with "Year Up" in their state, its members immediately notified their friends in Wisconsin. The plan they devised was as brilliant as it was simple.

As Ryan's motorcade rode into Providence, angry Wisconsinites called Rhode Islanders protesting Ryan to voice their concerns. The Providence activists then relayed their messages through megaphones as the event proceeded.

"Year Up" is a national organization that provides low-income young adults with job training in major cities. Members of a private equity firm run by its board president donated more than $700,000 to GOP groups and candidates during the 2017 election. 

"We want him to hear loud and clear that his values are Wall Street values, they're not Rhode Island values," Georgia Hollister Isman, the state director of Rhode Island Working Families, said of Ryan. "We're also here in solidarity with our friends in Wisconsin who've been trying for months to get a town hall meeting with him." 

Hundreds chanted "Coward!" as Ryan's motorcade passed, holding signs that read "No Ban No Wall" and "Hey! Wisconsin we found him!"

"No matter where he goes, wherever he takes his radically dangerous Ryan-Trump agenda, the resistance will be there to meet him," said Rep. Aaron Regunberg (D-RI), a Providence Democrat who attended the rally.

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