Paul Ryan waved a Terrible Towel in Cleveland and then told Texas fans to root for Texas A&M.
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