In an interview with ABC News’s Jonathan Karl which aired this evening, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan admitted that he took himself “off the grid” for a few days following the election, but his return to the public eye has proved that there are still plenty of hard feelings against the former vice presidential candidate.
Liberals in particular aren’t quite ready to put away the Handbook of Racial Code Words, to which alleged Confederate sympathizer Ryan previously contributed the word “breadbasket.” Ryan’s latest transgression? Telling a WISC-TV reporter that he was surprised by “some of the turnout, especially in urban areas, which gave President Obama the big margin to win this race.” Did you catch that “dog whistle”? Urban? Plenty of liberals did.
NBC’s Chuck Todd helpfully stepped in to remind Ryan that he lost “white” states as well.
For someone who can’t admit defeat, Ryan certainly sounded gracious in his ABC interview:
The president deserves kudos for having a fantastic ground game, and the point I’m simply making is he won. He won fair and square. He got more votes, and that’s the way our system works, and so he ought to be congratulated for that.