Dem posts photo of racially diverse interns after Ryan selfie controversy

Paul Ryan, Interns, So White

Democrats on Wednesday responded to a selfie taken by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) with the latest batch of Republican Capitol Hill interns that was widely criticized for its lack of diversity.

{mosads}Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) tweeted out a photo of her party’s racially diverse 2016 interns, organized and taken by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) and her staff.

The Instagram post from Ryan earlier this week quickly earned the ire of both lawmakers and voters, with many calling attention to the overwhelming number of white faces in the photo.

“[Speaker Ryan], in this day & age, there’s no excuse for not having diverse staff & interns,” tweeted Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.).

House Democratic Conference Chairman Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) also tweeted a photo of his own diverse group of interns, thanking them for their hard work.

Others on Twitter were less subtle in their condemnation of Ryan:

This post has been corrected from an earlier version.

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