Paul Ryan’s message is insensitive and out-of-touch when compared to the horrors families at the border are experiencing
It’s impossible not to think of all the immigrant parents who are separated from their children every day, but on Father’s Day especially. While a majority of American fathers celebrate the day with barbecues and golf, there are thousands of fathers being separated from their children at the U.S. border. Paul Ryan doesn’t seem too troubled by this tragedy, as he’s being lambasted on Twitter for posting a Father’s Day message from his point of privilege.
Many people are roasting him for being insensitive and out of touch.
“My life changed the day I became a father,” he tweeted. He writes that his three children are his “highest priority” and wishes “all of the dads out there” a happy day.
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) June 16, 2018
Except he doesn’t mean “all of the dads” out there, does he? Look, it’s fine to feel pride in your children and want to share how great you feel on Father’s Day when you’re a dad. There’s nothing wrong with that — except when you’re part of the Trump administration, and complicit in your responsibility for destroying thousands of immigrant families by tearing them apart and terrorizing them.
Which is why the ratio on that tweet is practically record-breaking with the number of responses to Ryan’s tone-deaf message.
Paul Ryan is wishing a happy Father's Day to all the dads out there, except those who may be seeking asylum in this country and have had their young children ripped from their arms. Those dads get Paul Ryan's cowardly silence.https://t.co/LOzKu7Bqt7
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) June 16, 2018
Seriously, fuck you. Reunite the families at the border and we can talk about father's day. https://t.co/bbG0gVqfzq
— John Legend (@johnlegend) June 16, 2018
We now know that from April 19 through May 31, 2,000 immigrant children were separated from their families. That averages to a horrific 48 kids being taken from their moms and dads per day. So please forgive us all, Speaker Ryan, if we aren’t feeling the self-congratulatory Father’s Day vibes you’re sending out.
Could you put this in Spanish so all the fathers torn from their kids understand your hypocrisy? https://t.co/UAxrnT9E3L
— Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) June 16, 2018
Except dads seeking asylum. In those cases, you are sitting by while this administration rips their children away and detains them.
Those fathers will not be having a Happy Father's Day. https://t.co/oFe55Gh8JT
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) June 16, 2018
Marco Antonio Muñoz, an immigrant from Honduras, recently died by suicide in his detention cell after he was separated from his wife and 3-year-old son. It’s a grim, fucking heartbreaking account of the real-life horrors these families are facing under the Trump administration.
This is the most tone-deaf bullshit I've ever seen.
2k children were ripped from their parents. They sleep in pens on 1/2 inch thick mats over concrete floors covered with mylar blankets.
Paul Ryan, who has done nothing to counter this, wishes y'all happy #FathersDay
Get bent. https://t.co/er353NKtO6
— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) June 16, 2018
the absolute nerve of this bootlicking milquetoast motherfucker. may he never have another pleasant Father's Day. may his kids understand how far he went to ruin other people's families. may his picture one day be in the dictionary next to the phrase "useless sack of shit." https://t.co/dBj0jtzsv2
— andi zeisler (@andizeisler) June 17, 2018
Last week, a journalist toured a children immigration detention center and reported that the kids in these facilities are stuck inside for 22 hours a day and given limited access to the outside world.
Except the dads whose kids have been thrown in American prison camps by Paul Ryan’s crazy-ass president, while Ryan refuses to lift a finger to stop it. https://t.co/7wDHQS3yGb
— John Aravosis (@aravosis) June 16, 2018
LOL, but really happy Father's Day to everyone who knows where their children are, AMIRITE, PAUL? https://t.co/RErT7qqOOF
— Geraldine (@everywhereist) June 16, 2018
Imagine how your life would change if you had no other option but to seek asylum here, only to have Liza, Charlie & Sam separated from you. Indefinitely. https://t.co/oJbyjqIbc2
— Gail Dosik (@THEToughCookie) June 17, 2018
The children and parents are terrified and don’t understand if they’re being told the truth. Many of them think they may never see their family members again. Infants as young as ONE are being taken to these facilities. Their lives will forever be impacted by being torn from their mothers and fathers.
But sure, happy Father’s Day, Paul Ryan.