Paul Ryan Has Five People Kicked Out and Three People Arrested For Asking Questions At Town Hall

Author: September 7, 2011 2:43 pm

Congressman Paul Ryan. (R-WI). Image from

Last month, I wrote a story about Paul Ryan locking out jobless constituents from his office in Wisconsin. He has now gone from locking people out, to having them arrested.

At a town hall event in which people had to pay $15 to attend, Paul Ryan kicked out five people and had three arrested, all for asking questions he didn’t like.

When Ryan tried to claim that our job crisis is directly related to our debt crisis, a woman stood up and asked, “Our debt is out of control because of the tax cuts you’re giving…Our unemployment in 2003 was 6.2% before the tax cuts went through. Now our unemployment rate is 9.1%. What are you doing to create jobs, Congressman?” Instead of answering her question, Ryan kicked he out of the event.

After another person was shown the door, a woman stood up while Ryan was talking and said, “You won’t talk to us. How can we give our opinions when you refuse to talk to us?” She too was kicked out. Then someone stood up in the back and asked, “Where are the jobs, Ryan?” He too, was escorted out.

An older gentlemen became angry when Ryan mentioned entitlement programs, and said that he “paid into unemployment, Medicare, and Social Security for 50 years,” and he too, was escorted to the exit.

Here’s the video:

Paul Ryan went on to have three people arrested, all for asking questions. This is a violation of civil and constitutional rights and Paul Ryan is demonstrating what the Republican Party is willing to do to suppress people who disagree with them.


facebook comments:


  • What part of “town hall” doesn’t Ryan understand? All of it, apparently!

  • So… exactly how does one get arrested for “trespassing” if they have purchased a $15 ticket to be there?

  • He’s a fan of Ayn Rand..Really, what did you expect?

  • Well…at least now we see Ryan’s true colors; using Gestapo tactics to assure that there is no resistance. Free speech has come to mean Limited Speech when it disagrees with the ideologues. Exposing this kind of flagrant disrespect for individuals is what will bring down the Ryans and the Perrys and the Bachmanns. They care little for opposing opinions and even less for the poor and working class of this country. Throw in non-religious and you could very well be heading for the gas chamber!

    • “This is completely authoritarian and very much like other behavior we have observed throughout history. I find it astonishingly crazy that the GOP has so many supporters.”

      Americans want to back “winners”. It doesn’t matter what they believe. If you’re hearing that ‘this is the way to win — be callous and indulge your Schadenfreude to the max’… then this is what they will do. The reason the poor don’t raise taxes on the rich is that they think *they’ll* be rich some day. So yes, people are astonishingly clueless and don’t act in their own best interests.

    • Whoops — above comment was clearly intended to be a reply to The Pardu, not this comment. However, while we’re here — “finally shows his true colors”? I can only say: You couldn’t see them until *now*?

      It appears you are far from alone, unfortunately.

  • Gabriel Elohim

    You get what you vote for, and mid-terms are important too >.<

  • This is completely authoritarian and very much like other behavior we have observed throughout history. I find it astounisinghly crazy that the GOP has so many supporters.

  • Glenda Grinols Johnson

    Wonder if they got their $15 back? No wonder the wingers don’t like to hold Town Hall gatherings, they know they’ll get asked the questions they can’t answer!!!l

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