Politics & Government

Democratic interns to Speaker Ryan: ‘In your face’

Democratic interns, left, and GOP interns with House Speaker Paul Ryan.
Democratic interns, left, and GOP interns with House Speaker Paul Ryan. Photos

Dallas congresswoman (and TCU grad) Eddie Bernice Johnson countered House Speaker Paul Ryan’s viral selfie post of GOP Capitol Hill interns with a viral post of her own of Democratic interns, making note of their diversity.

Ryan’s photo with interns, which he posted Monday on Instagram with the caption “I think this sets a record for the most number of #CapitolHill interns in a single selfie,” drew criticism for the lack of diversity in the group.


A photo posted by Speaker Paul Ryan (@speakerryan) on

Johnson’s photo of summer interns on the steps of the Capitol, organized by her interns and posted Tuesday on her Facebook page, notes “how diverse the future of our caucus is” and ends with the hashtag #Diversity, among others. It had 4,562 shares and more than 450 comments as of Thursday morning.

It was attracting more attention and shares on other FB pages:

The response to Ryan’s Instagram shot was instantly foreseeable.

“Since the photo went viral, sources from Jimmy Fallon to New York Times columnist Paul Krugman to Teen Vogue have criticized Republicans for the party’s lack of diversity,” The Washington Post’s Elise Viebeck reports.

Several Democratic congressmen and women posted opposing photos of their interns.

Rachel Sadon of the website dcist, captured the ensuing fallout:

“In the face of the blinding whiteness of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s selfie with a crop of Capitol Hill interns, a group of Democratic interns stopped shielding their eyes long enough to take their own photos. And well, they pretty much speak for themselves.”


Tom Uhler: 817-390-7832, @tomuh