The now infamous soup kitchen story wherein Paul Ryan showed up for 15 minutes to clean pots that may or may not have been dirty just became worse. Again.
As the president of the Youngstown soup kitchen originally feared, donors are now fleeing in protest.
WASHINGTON — In the wake of Rep. Paul Ryan’s embarrassing soup kitchen photo-op last week, the organization that runs the facility tells The Huffington Post that donors have begun pulling their money out of the Youngstown, Ohio charity.
Ryan may have suffered a few late-night jokes, but the fallout for the soup kitchen appears to be far more bruising. Brian J. Antal, president of the Mahoning County St. Vincent De Paul Society, confirmed that donors have begun an exodus in protest over Ryan’s embarrassment. The monetary losses have been big. “It appears to be a substantial amount,” Antal said. “You can rest assured there has been a substantial backlash.” […]
Ryan supporters have now targeted Antal and his soup kitchen, Antal said, including making hundreds of angry phone calls. Some members of Antal’s volunteer staff have had to endure the barrage as well, he said.
Even though it was Ryan who created this mess, his supporters are keepin’ it classy by attacking the soup kitchen and the volunteers who staff it. People who receive no compensation at all for feeding the homeless in their own free time. Because Paul Ryan’s actions are clearly their fault.
It’s always someone else’s fault for Republicans, isn’t it? It’s always the Democrats, or the poor people, or the minorities, or the gays, or the Muslims. It’s always someone — anyone — else’s fault but their own.
Would it be too much to ask to simply apologize? Apparently so, because rather than apologize, Team Romney dispatched their Ohio communications director to say “Our campaign and Congressman Ryan were pleased to bring attention to the meaningful charitable contributions the St. Vincent De Paul Society makes to people in need.”