Read time: 1 minute

Reince Priebus 'Commends' Paul Ryan For Blaming Poverty On 'Inner Cities'

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Sunday explained that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) had recently blamed poverty on "inner cities" because he was working hard to help those communities.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Sunday explained that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) had recently blamed poverty on "inner cities" because he was working hard to help those communities.

In an interview with conservative radio host Bill Bennett last week, Ryan quoted the work of Charles Murray, a white nationalist, who has used “racist pseudoscience and misleading statistics to argue that social inequality is caused by the genetic inferiority,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

"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 and learning the value and culture of work,” Ryan opined. “So, there’s a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with.”

The Wisconsin Republican later admitted that his comments were "inarticulate."

On Sunday, CNN's Candy Crowley asked Priebus if he thought the remarks were "artfully phrased."

"I'm not sure," Priebus shrugged. "Here's what I would say, why was Paul even talking about this? The reason he was talking about it is he devoted a large part of his life -- starting back when he worked for Jack Kemp -- on finding ways to tackle poverty, to free up capital, to create opportunities in urban areas around this country."

"Whatever race, whatever gender, we are the ones leading the way, I think, in this country on these issues," he added. "And so I commend Paul for his work that he's doing around country."

Can you help us out?

For 17 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit, but now Facebook is drowning us in an ocean of right wing lies. Please give a one-time or recurring donation, or buy a year's subscription for an ad-free experience. Thank you.

More C&L Coverage

Discussion

New Commenting System

Our comments are now powered by Insticator. In order to comment you will need to create an Insticator account. The process is quick and simple. Please note that the ability to comment with a C&L site account is no longer available.

We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service (revised 3/17/2016) for information on our posting policy.

Please Do Not Use the Login Link at the Top of the Site.

In order to comment you must use an Insticator account. To register an account, enter your comment and click the post button. A dialog will then appear allowing you create your account.

We will be retiring our Crooks and Liars user account system in January, 2021.

Thank you.
C&L Team