He’s with the GOPs Capitol Hill interns
In 2013, after Mitt Romney lost the presidential election to Barack Obama, the Republican party released a 100-page autopsy of the election which said it has to make major strides to “campaign among Hispanic, black, Asian, and gay Americans and demonstrate we care about them, too.” This call wasn’t just to broaden the GOP’s appeal but to fight its way out of the demographic corner it painted itself into. As America becomes more diverse, failing to appeal to minority voters could be a the death nail in the party’s coffin.
But Republican attempts to be more than the white people’s party in 2016 were crushed after after making Donald Trump its presumptive nominee. In fact, polls show that 76 percent of Hispanics and 94 percent of African-Americans plan to vote for Hillary Clinton. And with Asian-Americans, Clinton holds a 62 to 19-percent favorability rating over Trump. So when Speaker of the House Paul Ryan posted a selfie with over 100 of the GOP’s 2016 Capitol Hill interns on his Instagram page last Saturday, it was emblematic of just how poorly the party has done with attracting non-white supporters.
“I think this sets a record for the most number of #CapitolHill interns in a single selfie,” Ryan wrote on his post. But Twitter user @MatthewACherry nailed it when he said the photo is the “least diverse selfie in history.” And it begs an important question: are there virtually no minorities in this photo because of the GOP’s demographic issues or because minorities do not have access to these important positions in Washington, D.C.? While Ryan has yet to comment on his selfie, it has inspired some great responses under #InternsSoWhite.
It's moving to see people of all hair colors come together like this. (h/t @heif) https://t.co/Zn2cZzKlqA— Mark Harris (@Mark Harris) 1468770645
Whiter than The Oscars! #InternsSoWhite #PaulRyanSelfie https://t.co/bAe0GijlJB— Michael Jay (@Michael Jay) 1468860351
Did you have any Black, Asian or Latina(o) applicants, @SpeakerRyan? So much for @GOP outreach. 🙄 #InternsSoWhite https://t.co/rxcUoV90fr— PammaJammaClaus🧑🏾🎄 (@PammaJammaClaus🧑🏾🎄) 1468775127
@SpeakerRyan touts plans #BetterWay but offers opportunity for whom exactly? #internssowhite #picturesays1000words https://t.co/j3f1OhxCZY— Maggie Charron (@Maggie Charron) 1468774425
White privilege at its finest ..... #InternsSoWhite https://t.co/UlITykUaPL— Prince Saah (@Prince Saah) 1468860014
Sorry Paul, #GameofThrones did it first. #InternsSoWhite #WhiteWalkers #RNC https://t.co/Gccp9kRdRV— Rico Lee (@Rico Lee) 1468858729
I knew it looked familiar. Paul Ryan was in The Shining. https://t.co/EiizZdT0eI— Ray Harrington (@Ray Harrington) 1468824963