One Ryan Ellis, a self-described tax lobbyist, is apparently making an early run for “Worst Person of 2019” with an incredibly honest and revealing Twitter thread. It almost seems like an indictment of the Republican party, until you read the rest of what he has to say.
I don’t think the @washingtonpost and @politico have figured out yet that almost no federal employees vote Republican, that Republicans know this, and that we’re therefore not swayed by hardship stories during shutdowns. It’s isn’t that hard.
— Ryan Ellis (@RyanLEllis) January 11, 2019
So, according to this Republican, Republicans only care about Republicans, and no amount of suffering experienced by someone who doesn’t vote Republican will move them to care, let alone do anything to help. Ryan Ellis said it himself.
He then goes on to say that the over 800,000 furloughed federal employees who have been without work or working without pay for 21 days now are only experiencing a “pay period lapse which is literally hours old.” How a lobbyist would know anything about this is unknown, and this statement also flies in the face of the actual furloughed workers who have spent the past three weeks telling us that they’re not being paid for the duration of the government shutdown.
They may have only recently received paychecks for $0, but as they’ve been trying to explain to rich Republicans, a single missed paycheck can leave them without the ability to pay their rent, mortgage, child support, bills, or for essentials like food and medicine. And it doesn’t much matter to bill collectors if the money is going to show up sometime later.
But Ryan Ellis doesn’t even think these jobs should exist, so who cares, right? Who needs security at airports or people checking to make sure our food isn’t poisoned?
Oh, please. This is hardly a humanitarian crisis. This is a pay period lapse which is literally hours old. And frankly, I don’t think these jobs should exist so I’m not concerned.
— Ryan Ellis (@RyanLEllis) January 11, 2019
Despite having a modest number of followers, Ellis’ comments were callous and heartless enough to grab the attention of Twitter users with souls. Hop aboard the drag train! Toot toot!
Very Christ-like sir
— Nick Tacik, PhD. (@nick_tacik) January 11, 2019
I worked for the federal government for 40 years, and encountered lots and lots of civil servants who voted Republican. You just don't know what you're talking about.
— Doug Ellice (@DVEllice) January 11, 2019
"I hate American's and I don't care what happens to them"@Gop 2019
— KWolf (@Wolfkenn) January 11, 2019
To be fair, he never said he thought human suffering is bad; he sounds like he's all for it.
— Brian needs a nap (@TheBrianest) January 11, 2019
Yep, I also hear that FBI, ICE, DEA, CBP are just chock full of liberals.
Also, they don't care because those employees don't vote R. That's a winning message.
— Gaelen Schumann (@GaelenSchumann) January 11, 2019
The real tragedy here is that guy's profile pic.
— Leif (@LeifJO) January 12, 2019
I honestly don't know what we as a society can do about people like you who have no empathy. You shouldn't be living in any society if you truly believe this, but alone in a cave in the woods on an unclaimed island. Your tweet & your replies show the GOP's utter moral bankruptcy.
— Liz Loveland (@lizl_genealogy) January 11, 2019
Be sure to say this loudly next time you’re going through airport security.
— Anthony Zurcher (@awzurcher) January 11, 2019
There's that compassionate conservatism I always hear about.
— Sam Dornan (@sdornan) January 11, 2019
Doin’ what Jesus would do. Enjoying the suffering of others and not caring about his neighbors. Oh. Wait.
— Busty Shackleford (@gin__erso) January 11, 2019
youre not supposed to say this part out loud
— FaZe Lloyd Banks (@Lowenaffchen) January 11, 2019
Make sure he gets a ghost pepper high colonic
— SunTzuTech (@SunTzuTech) January 12, 2019
"lol don't the dumb libs know that we're sociopaths?" is quite a take, my guy. https://t.co/yttEfqloxA
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) January 11, 2019
"I don't care if people can't eat" is a nice way to summarize conservatism https://t.co/aV7JVCMnbP
— the everyone unfollower (@libbycwatson) January 11, 2019
There's a word for people who don't care about the suffering of others unless those others are of some instrumental use. That word is *asshole*. GOP is explicitly becoming the party of assholes — at some point, they forgot they were supposed to pretend otherwise. https://t.co/i3OwcNdK19
— David Roberts (@drvox) January 11, 2019
That's not even close to being the case. There are rural areas in the United States that survive solely because most people who live there are employed by the federal gov't. GOP-heavy areas in general get more in than they spend out. https://t.co/0WuxTIRB5r
— Kara Calavera (@KaraCalavera) January 12, 2019
Nearly 1 out of every 3 government employees is a U.S. Veteran. https://t.co/PXdxiiM5uL
— Will McAvoy (@WillMcAvoyACN) January 12, 2019
From the school of thought that brought you "universal health care is slavery" comes "no one has a right to be paid for their labor, especially people who vote Democrat." https://t.co/u3hxfTwFlU
— D.Vis and Butthead (@cambrian_era) January 11, 2019
Believe these people when they tell you what they're about https://t.co/szzZc31NlI
— The Discourse Lover (@Trillburne) January 11, 2019
Some day when times are tight and your parents aren't there to bail you out, you'll regret this juvenile twaddle.
Hopefully when your mortgage goes into default, the lawyer foreclosing on your house won't tell you he has no sympathy because you belong to the wrong party. https://t.co/melLAl11RH
— Patrick Nonwhite (@NonWhiteHat) January 11, 2019
I hope bees build a nest in your asshole, Bryan https://t.co/jAkGKMoRm5
— Juggalocialism (@UweBollocks) January 11, 2019
I don’t think @washingtonpost and @politico have figured out yet that Republicans don’t have the part of the brain responsible for human empathy and that they therefore don’t care when their choices hurt people
— PragerU Reply Guy (@comradebernout) January 12, 2019
Every so often I remind myself that these kind of people are likely in for a very rude awakening when they die if there is an afterlife.
— Kris (@piratefoxy) January 12, 2019
No federal employees vote Republican. Working without pay is not a hardship. All federal jobs should not exist.
Hmmm. Enlightened and informed thoughts from a …tax lobbyist.
— Richard Crespo (@rcrespo69) January 12, 2019
I accidentally liked this tweet because I thought it was an accurate take on Republican apathy… then i noticed the word "we're." https://t.co/HuOoeeTgYD
— spongy bone (@casersatz) January 11, 2019
So, you only care about people who vote the same way as you? What about kids who aren't old enough to vote? They are part of their parents' party? I'm just trying to work this out here.
— MirriamRichardMarx4everSeddiq (@mirriam71) January 11, 2019
Right. And as soon as Trump does the thing that hurts you and your family you'll be just another Republican crying "Trump's not hurting the people he's supposed to be hurting."
I can't wait.
— SkoolSucks (@SubParHusband) January 11, 2019
— Katie (@KatieDid927) January 11, 2019
Be great if he went overboard in the Bering sea perchance
— junjulaug (@shortandsnark) January 12, 2019
Ah, famous profession "tax lobbyist", the most essential of all jobs, without which the world would cease to turn
— Merry Kralizec (@typhoonjim) January 11, 2019
— Marshmellymel (@marshmellymel) January 12, 2019
Imagine how many people would start believing in god if this guy got E. coli because the part of the government that inspects our food is shut down. Just saying.