Eighth Graders Refuse Paul Ryan Photo Op
Who wouldn't take the opportunity to pose alongside a top politician? Apparently, a bunch of eighth graders from New Jersey.
Students from South Orange Middle School kicked off their Memorial Day Weekend with a school trip to Washington, DC on Friday, May 26.
Paul Ryan eagerly welcomed their arrival. Most students, however, did not return the gesture.
The speaker of the house took to Instagram to share that #FridayFeeling with a fist pump emoji. However, those eighth graders were not too into it.
Mashable reported that close to 100 of the students declined the offer to pose for a photo alongside Ryan, so I'm sure that definitely killed the #FridayFeeling vibe.
According to the site, the #FridayFeeling picture is the group of remaining students who accepted the photo invitation. Those who declined waited in a nearby parking lot.
Student Louisa Maynard-Parisi spoke with The Village Green and said, "I didn't want to be in [the picture] because he believes in most of what Trump believes in."
School Librarian Elissa Elliott Malespina took to Facebook to share how proud she was of her son for declining the photo opportunity.
Many refused — and were glad their children refused — the snap because of Ryan's support of a budget that would harm public education and leave millions without health care.
Let's take a look at the other side of the equation.
Here we have Justin Trudeau.
Movie star good looks aside, the Canadian prime minister is an advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, proper education for his nation's little ones, support for the middle class, and on and on and on.
So naturally, when he ran through the park while a group of high school students were taking their prom photos, they all needed a selfie with him (and we're, of course, extremely jealous).
Naturally, we are both Team Justin.
Sorry to rub Justin Trudeau's popularity in your face, Paul Ryan. Better luck next time.
Citations: 8th graders refuse to take a photo with Paul Ryan because they don't "want to be associated with him" (Mashable), About 50% of Visiting South Orange Students Refuse Photo With Speaker Ryan (The Village Green)