No, Paul Ryan Was Not Caught by a Hot Mic Saying ‘Waste of My F*cking Time’
At the end of the GOP leaders weekly briefing on Capitol Hill, which was carried live by CNN this morning, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) walked away after answering a handful of questions from reporters.
Prior to CNN going back to studio, someone could be heard clearly saying “waste of my f*cking time” on the air.
Shortly after this aired, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s Deputy Chief of Staff Drew Hammill accused Ryan himself of uttering the phrase.
Except, that is almost certainly not the case.
Watching the video, Ryan was well away from the microphones when the comment was tossed out. In all likelihood, this was either a reporter or a tech who was a little too close (and loud) to the network’s mic.
But that didn’t stop Hammill from publicly lobbing out that accusation without any proof whatsoever.
After Hammill’s tweet accusing Ryan of profanely dismissing the press, he was immediately called out. Ryan’s communications director told him it wasn’t Ryan.
@Drew_Hammill Drew, that is not Speaker Ryan. You know better.
— Mike Ricci (@riccimike) January 31, 2017
And others noted that is was clearly not Ryan while admonishing Hammill:
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) January 31, 2017
— Josh Finestone (@Josh_Finestone) January 31, 2017
— Mike Long (@MikePLong) January 31, 2017
— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) January 31, 2017
— TJ Tatum (@TJTatum) January 31, 2017
Hammill eventually deleted the tweet, stating Ryan’s chief communications advisor told him it wasn’t Ryan. The Pelosi staffer also apologized.
.@BrendanBuck tells me that was not his boss. Will take his word for it and I apologized.
— Drew Hammill (@Drew_Hammill) January 31, 2017
And Buck accepted the apology, noting that Ryan isn’t one to swear like that:
@Drew_Hammill thank you. appreciate it. he’s not really an f-bomb guy.
— Brendan Buck (@BrendanBuck) January 31, 2017
Watch the video above, via CNN.
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