Code Pink disrupts Ryan speech, ushered out to chants of ‘USA!’

TAMPA, Fla. — Two protesters from Code Pink disrupted Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) convention speech on Wednesday night and were ushered out of the hall as tens of thousands of Republicans chanted, “U.S.A.!” 

The two women were protesting Ryan’s views on military and healthcare issues, complaining that the Republican vice presidential nominee does not devote enough money in his budget proposal to government-run health services.

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In the middle of Ryan’s address, retired Col. Ann Wright unfurled a banner that read, “Fund Healthcare not Warfare!” and began shouting the same refrain. At the same time Laura Mills screamed, “My body, my choice!” while holding a banner that read, “Vagina. Can’t say it? Don’t legislate it.”  

The women attempted to drape the banners over the second-level seating in the Tampa Bay Times Forum, but were thwarted by convention staffers who snatched them away.

Ryan did not appear to be ruffled and paused as the crowd drowned out the protesters with the “U.S.A.!” chants. Ryan immediately picked up his speech after the applause died down. 

Several people in the crowd screamed back at the women. One man yelled, “Get them out of here!” Another man waved them goodbye as they were ushered out.