Emanuel Cleaver Hammers Paul Ryan On Racial ‘Ignorance’
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) chastised House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) for his controversial comments on poverty last month, calling Ryan’s reference to conservative social scientist Charles Murray a reflection of his “ignorance” during an appearance on MSNBC’s “NewsNation” Wednesday.
“We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work,” Ryan said on Bill Bennett’s “Morning in America” radio show in March, crediting his arguments in part to Murray. “There is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with.”
Cleaver characterized Ryan’s analysis as an indication that “He probably doesn’t know anything about people, African-American men or the Latino men in the inner city,” before scrutinizing the Wisconsin Republican for citing a “racist.”