Skip To Content
Fast Forward

Far Right Celebrates Ryan’s Retirement: He Was A ‘Globalist,’ Too

House Speaker Paul Ryan has announced he will not be seeking reelection in November — and the far right couldn’t be happier, the Washington Post reported.

Ryan has long been a target of far-right media outlets and “alt-right” social media figures. He has been ridiculed as a “globalist,” a moniker often given to Jews that is meant to identify someone who puts the rest of the world before the U.S. On Wednesday, Breitbart published two articles in that vein: “Paul Ryan’s Globalist Legacy: Ignoring America’s Working Class at the Behest of Billionaire Koch Brothers” and “9 Times Paul Ryan Put American Workers Last, Foreigners First.”

Trump supporters on Twitter echoed Breitbart’s derision.

Trump supporters also saw Ryan’s exit as a sign that Trumpism is now the dominant Republican ideology.

“One, the free trade, more interventionist, establishment. That’s Paul Ryan,” said Fox News host Laura Ingraham. “And the other, a more America first populism. That’s Trump. The speaker’s departure is a clear sign in my mind that Trump’s vision, not Ryan’s, is the future of the party.”

Contact Ari Feldman at [email protected] or on Twitter @aefeldman


Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.