House Speaker Paul Ryan severely underestimates football rivalries
The Republican National Convention got underway on Monday night, and while there are no challengers left to presumptive nominee Donald Trump, there is still a vocal portion of the party unhappy with the choice of the real-estate-magnate-turned-reality-star-turned-politician.
In an effort to unify the party, House Speaker Paul Ryan attempted to use a sports analogy to explain why all conservatives should rally around Trump, but instead showed that he does not have a strong understanding on just how deep the divisions run when it comes to college football.
Texas A&M and University of Texas fans quickly took to Twitter to set the record straight.
No, you actually become a huge short-term fan of the opponent. The speaker should think in those terms.— Kyle (@gkyled) July 19, 2016
The statement wasn’t Ryan‘s first fandom faux pas at the convention so far, as he also committed the grievous crime Monday of waving a “Terrible Towel” while in Cleveland at the quadrennial gathering.
Ryan’s home district is in Wisconsin and he identifies as a Packers fan, even mocking fellow Republican and devoted Cowboys fan Chris Christie after Green Bay eliminated Dallas from the playoffs two seasons ago.
– Brendan Maloy