N.J. middle school students refuse to take photo with Paul Ryan
New Jersey students refused to take a photo with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R.Wis.) during their class trip.
New Jersey students refused to take a photo with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R.Wis.) during their class trip. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
Dozens of New Jersey eighth-graders snubbed House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) by refusing to take a photo with him during their field trip to Washington D.C. on Thursday.
Some of the students from South Orange Middle School in New Jersey who opted out of the photo op explained their reasons for not wanting to take a picture with Ryan, despite his powerful influence in the nation’s capital.
“I don’t like to take a picture with somebody that I can’t associate with,” student Matthew Malespina, 13, told The Washington Post.
He told the newspaper he disagreed with the GOP’s policies on health care and other issues Ryan has endorsed. He added that he views Ryan as someone who “puts his party before his country