Ryan Supporters Lash Out at Soup Kitchen

Remember that soup kitchen in Akron, Ohio where Paul Ryan made a completely fake stop to get photos of himself taken while scrubbing a pot that had been cleaned hours earlier by people who actually did volunteer to work there? Now his supporters are lashing out at the charity for daring to reveal that the photo op was fake and they’re losing donations.

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. “The sad part is a lot of [the callers] want to hide behind anonymity,” he said, adding that if someone leaves their name and number he has tried to return their call. In addition to phone calls, people have posted a few choice words on the charity’s Facebook wall, including statements like “I hope you lose your tax [sic] emempt status,” Anyone who is thinking about donations to you should think twice” and “Shame on you Brian Antal!”

Yes, shame on you for telling the truth. The truth is inconvenient for the Republican ticket so the truth must be hidden. And if a lot of homeless people suffer in order to punish you for suppressing that truth, so be it — hell, that may be a feature rather than a bug. Absolutely disgusting.

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  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    Yet another indication of how infantile, small-minded, and pointlessly mean Republicans really are. People like this don’t belong anywhere near Washington.

  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    Meh. Homeless are part of the 47% so they do not count.

  • Gvlgeologist, FCD

    Do they even listen to themselves? The moral majority indeed.

  • Forbidden Snowflake

    Is anyone throwing a donation drive for that place yet?

  • Gvlgeologist, FCD

    Note that in the link in the OP, there’s a place you can go to to make a donation. I bet the FTBers can make up the difference.

  • Chiroptera

    Wow. This reminds me of the Sandra Fluke incident. It appears we have a political faction who just cannot abide by truth or facts that are inconvenient to their ideology. And who cannot come up with a relevant or on-topic criticism of the truth-bearer.

  • Who Knows?

    That’s the standard reaction for the right wingers. Destroy anything and anyone that disagrees with or shines a bad light on them. It doesn’t matter that this is a religious charity, or that the only thing that happened was they spoke the truth.

    Deplorable people right wingers are. One and all.

  • Gvlgeologist, FCD


    According to HuffPo, Fark.com has raised over $11k for the soup kitchen.

    Would it be too much to expect for Ryan to ask supporters not to punish the soup kitchen for telling the truth? Or is admitting a mistake anathema to yet another Rethuglican?

  • http://rationaldreaming.com tacitus

    Have Paul Ryan or the Romney campaign condemned the backlash yet?

  • http://atheist-faq.com Jasper of Maine (I feel safe and welcome at FTB)

    I gotta hunt down a donation resource for these guys.

  • http://aceofsevens.wordpress.com Ace of Sevens

    So they should lose their tax-exempt status for complaining that they were involuntarily involved in politics, threatening their tax-exempt status?

  • abb3w

    For those looking and too lazy to read TFA, Donation Linky.

  • http://peopleofpublictransport.wordpress.com Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant)

    That’ll teach ’em. Nobody makes the elite look bad, particularly not nobodies like soup kitchens. If the soup kitchen didn’t want to shut down for lack of funds they should’ve worked harder to make sure Ryan wasn’t embarrassed. It’s just a shame there aren’t any real people to punish.

  • http://spaninquis.wordpress.com/ Spanish Inquisitor

    Who knew (that even Ryan supporters couldn’t spell)?

  • http://www.gregory-gadow.net Gregory in Seattle

    Compassionate conservatism at work.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    Maybe the local news channel can get a few of the soup kitchen’s single mom’s or legless vets to thank Mr. Ryan for his selflessness. Wottafuckin’asshole.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    democommie: they just might find someone desperate enough to say whatever they pay him/her to say. I’m sure a lot of volunteers do wildly varying qualities of work in places like that, and I’m also sure there’s a general rule, written or not, that a) the homeless are there to get something they need in peace, not to pick fights, and b) volunteers shouldn’t be bitched at because they tried, it’s the thought that counts, they did give something, etc. etc. That’s obviously not the case with Ryan, whose bad faith is as obvious as the color of the sky; but I’m sure someone will try to equate Ryan’s grandstanding non-efforts with the well-meaning half-assedness of other volunteers. Then they’ll pretend volunteers are the real victims of liberal bullying.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.stricklin josephstricklin
  • gorgias

    The cynic in me thinks that this kind of photo-op phoniness (phony-op?) literally happens all the time for just about any given candidate, and that neutral parties swept up in it usually keep their mouths shut. The pragmatist in me points out that it’s for this very reason that Antal and his soup kitchen are experiencing the backlash, and that a wiser move would have been to let Ryan have his little photo-op and not jeopardize the charity over this kind of bullshit.

    But at the same time, I’m glad that more idealistic heads than mine prevailed in this instance. Hopefully enough people will help keep the soup kitchen from taking too big of a financial hit, and maybe political candidates of Ryan’s ilk will at the very least put a little effort into pretending to decent human beings.

  • regexp

    The fark.com giving site on indiegogo is here. They are over 13k now.

  • speed0spank

    @gorgias The reason they spoke up was not to poke fun at Paul Ryan for no reason. They said right off the bat that they couldn’t have a Republican nominee doing a photo-op there because it could hurt their donations. It is petty but sometimes people will choose not to give money to a cause they otherwise find worthy because of its affiliations with other groups.

    Of course in doing that practical thing idiots on the other side decided not to donate and to be grade A assholes. The guy just couldn’t win in this situation and it is a shame.

  • http://en.gravatar.com/mrupright Mr. Upright

    When the story first broke, I said I hope it doesn’t come back to haunt the soup kitchen.

    We’ve got a Republican sandwich shop owner in Florida getting nasty reviews and facing boycotts because he hosted (and hoisted) the President. We’ve got a Mormon-owned Mexican restaurant, who politely declined a Romney visit because they didn’t want to be seen as political, getting bad reviews, boycotts, death threats, and no-show carry out orders in revenge.

    I don’t expect soup kitchen managers to know what batshit crazy wingnuts do, but the reaction is hardly surprising.

  • Doug Little

    That’s some serious assholish behavior.

  • F

    “I hope you lose your tax [sic] emempt status,”

    Yes, that would be totally legal. Cough. Now, if you want to tal about religious institutions…

    Now his supporters are lashing out at the charity for daring to reveal that the photo op was fake and they’re losing donations.

    They should be more angry with their fickle co-right wingers, no?

  • http://www.themindisaterriblething.com shripathikamath

    Next they’ll lash out at Big Bird, a fictional character.

    After that, they will lash out at horses because of tonight’s debate.

  • standancer

    Thanks for posting this Ed. Doesn’t surprise me a bit, unfortunately. I’ve linked to this story in the Seattle Atheist’s FB page, and I’ve made a personal donation, noting where I learned about it and that I was donating as an atheist in response to real human needs and in opposition the Ryan campaign’s hypocrisy.

  • laurentweppe

    After that, they will lash out at horses because of tonight’s debate.

    Nope: they decided to go after bayonets instead

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    The cynic in me thinks that this kind of photo-op phoniness (phony-op?) literally happens all the time…

    They do, and it’s a regular routine, where the whole thing is arranged in advance, the candidate shows up at the RIGHT time, and he/she is given a place where he/she is seen doing actual work — normally SERVING FOOD up front (not washing dishes in back), which is the best opportunity to smile and exchange pleasantries and let everyone know who he/she is. That’s what makes Ryan’s fakery all the more inexcusable: if he cared enough about pretending to care, he could have had his staff arrange it right. It’s not new or unprecedented.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    Hey, I got an idear. Let’s have Mittmoroni and Pauliewingnutz do something that’s more plausible for a GOPrick. One of them could do a “ride along” with a sheriff serving an eviction notice on a single mom with terminal cancer and a special needs child.

  • eidolon


    I did the same with a very similar note. I also pointed out that these no doubt ‘good’ Christians had forgotten their own holy book .. Matthew 25:40-41.

    I hope more FtB will toss a few bucks in as well.

  • plutosdad

    From the messages that the article mentions, it looks to me more like anti-Ryan people are doing this. “I hope you lose your tax exempt status” would refer to allowing a politician in in the first place, which a Ryan supporter would not say.

    I was confused about it last week and still don’t buy that it was one side, the evidence points to people on both sides being morons.

    After all, you don’t see Christians advocate that churches that get involved in politics lose tax exempt status, even liberal christians.

  • tfkreference

    Plutosdad–the charity didn’t want them there, and it had nothing to do with their tax exempt status. Secondly, since when have Christians been consistent? Search this blog for boycott and you’ll see what I mean.

    Your argument would make a good rationalization for not donating, but I already did.