This week at the Republican National Convention, Paul Ryan has had the unenviable task of trying to bring a fractured Republican party together. His efforts to use sports metaphors and props in this quest have proved comically ridiculous.
While addressing the Texas delegation at a breakfast on Tuesday morning, the House Speaker tried to bring Ted Cruz‘s supporters on the Trump train by comparing them to the state’s major college football teams — the Texas Longhorns and Texas A&M Aggies to name a couple —and asking if they’d support their rival if they made a major bowl game and their preferred school didn’t.
Buzzfeed’s McKay Coppins reported that the crowd booed and shouted “No!”
“Holy moly,” Ryan said. “this explains everything right now.”
Undaunted, Ryan tried the same comparison with the North Carolina delegation. In the video below, captured by WRAL, you can see that the metaphor fell spectacularly flat once again.
Ryan’s RNC sports gaffes don’t stop there. Earlier in the week, Ryan waved the “Terrible Towel” of the Pittsburgh Steelers — a bad look in Cleveland given that the Cleveland Browns and the Steelers are bitter rivals.
— Andrew Stockey (@astockeyWTAE) July 18, 2016
Poor Ryan. It’s been a tough week. Perhaps he can unwind by shooting some hoops at the ‘ol basketball ring.
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