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.