Chris Christie has been getting hammered at town hall meetings for some time, and now it’s Paul Ryan’s turn. During a town hall meeting Wednesday in Racine, an African-American constituent called out the congressman.
“The next day you said that statement was inarticulate. Well, I don’t believe that. You said what you meant,” Alfonso Gardner said to Ryan about his remarks. “Fine. Bottom line is this: this statement was not true.”
Gardner went on to say that “inner city” is a code word for “black,” but that black people are not the only ones who live in inner cities.
“And everybody works,” he explained. “You got here in a car or a truck or something. Somebody from the inner city helped make that.”
Ryan again defended himself, saying that it’s not a race issue, but a poverty issue.
“I get it. You don’t know me, so you don’t know who I really am. Race has nothing to do with this,” Ryan said.
h/t: Think Progress