Far-left representative Tim Ryan (D-OH), who is currently running against Trump-backed J.D. Vance for an open Ohio Senate seat, went off the rails during an interview on MSNBC on Tuesday. Ryan called for “Democrats, Republicans, and Independents” to “kill and confront” Trump supporters.
“How do we fix all of these broken systems? Some of those answers will come from Republicans, not the extremists that we are dealing with every single day. We’ve got to kill and confront that movement, but working with normal mainstream Republicans, that’s going to be really, really important,” Ryan said.
“I’m saying the exhausted majority — Democrats, Republicans, Independents against the extremists, leading an era of reform around reconciliation so we can heal this country and move into the future,” Ryan added.
Ryan’s opponent, J.D. Vance, reacted to Ryan’s unsettling quote, telling Sean Hannity, “This is a guy who, when he runs his scripted TV commercials, says that he wants to appeal to Trump voters, he wants to appeal to the entire state of Ohio, and yet when he’s unscripted, he’s saying that we need to confront and kill the entire movement.”
“A majority of the people of Ohio, of course, voted for that movement in 2016 and 2020,” Vance made clear.
Ryan reacted to J.D. Vance on Twitter, claiming he was only defending the Capitol police on January 6 even though there was no mention of January 6 or Capitol police in his original quote.
Last night, Sean Hannity and JD Vance attacked me for defending the brave officers who protected our nation on January 6th. I will never apologize for that.
Republicans are trying to twist this race into a bogus culture war. Grow up.
— Tim Ryan (@TimRyan) September 14, 2022
“Last night, Sean Hannity and JD Vance attacked me for defending the brave officers who protected our nation on January 6th. I will never apologize for that. Republicans are trying to twist this race into a bogus culture war. Grow up,” Ryan wrote in a tweet.
President Joe Biden, who claims to be against using “dangerous” rhetoric used to “incite violence,” has surprisingly not responded to the outrageous comments Ryan made.
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This comes only two weeks after Biden claimed Trump’s supporters are a “violent,” “extreme,” “clear and present danger” to the democracy in the United States.