Paul Ryan Rebuts John Oliver, Says He Disagrees with Ayn Rand

On his show this week, John Oliver wanted to know how Ayn Rand is still a thing. He used a clip of Paul Ryan praising Rand, but on HuffPost Live, Ryan said he never actually agreed with Rand’s philosophy itself.

In the Last Week Tonight bit, the voiceover points out that Rand was both pro-choice and anti-religion.

HuffPost Live host Marc Lamont Hill played the clip for Paul, who immediately said, “This is why I’m not an objectivist. This is why I disagree with her philosophy. But I think her novels are great.”

There’s actually been a question over how big a Rand fan Ryan is, with plenty of articles in the past few years about his shifting remarks on the subject.

Watch the video below, via HuffPost Live:

And you can watch the Last Week Tonight segment here, via HBO:

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