Protesters chant ‘coward’ at Ryan

Speaker Paul Ryan was met with protests during a visit to Rhode Island Thursday, with about 200 people chanting “coward” at the Wisconsin Republican.

“It is unfortunate protesters chose to demonstrate at Year Up,” Ryan spokesman Zack Roday told the Boston Herald, referencing the nonprofit career training organization the congressman was visiting.

Ryan toured Year Up’s facilities and took questions from students during his visit Thursday evening.

His stop at the group’s Providence office required a heavy police presence, it said, and the Speaker entered the building after his motorcade pulled into an alley away from protesters.

{mosads}Demonstrators heckled Ryan over his work with President Trump, especially their push to repeal and replace ObamaCare, according to the Herald.

“No matter where he goes, wherever he takes his radically dangerous Ryan-Trump agenda, the resistance will be there to meet him,” state Rep. Aaron Regunberg, a Providence Democrat, told assembled listeners while using a megaphone.

Year Up offers low-income adults six months of intensive career training followed by a six-month internship with a corporate partner. The president or the organization’s board, Paul Salem, is part of a private equity firm that has donated thousands of dollars to GOP candidates. 

Republican lawmakers have been grappling with angry crowds at town halls across the country as they seek to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

Committees in the House could begin marking up the healthcare legislation next week.


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