Paul Ryan's Soup Kitchen Photo-Op Was Total 'Phony Baloney' (VIDEO)

paul ryan washing clean pans at soup kitchenAs we head into the last few weeks before the presidential election, it's still tough for voters to know whether they're truly able to trust GOP candidates Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to say what they mean and mean what they say. Unfortunately, their latest stunt isn't really making the case that they're the most genuine guys in the running for the White House. The head of a northeast Ohio charity is reporting that last week, the Romney campaign "ramrodded their way" into the group's soup kitchen so that the GOP VP candidate could get his picture taken washing dishes in the dining hall ...

Okay, so, this is a political campaign -- photo-ops happen. But there were quite a few reasons this particular photo-op came off looking like utter phony baloney, disingenuous nonsense.

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For one thing, the charity is strictly apolitical, because the bulk of their funding is from private donations. They even have code in their bylaws against allowing photo-ops like this one. Nonetheless ... Brian J. Antal, the charity's president, told the Washington Post:

[The Romney campaign] showed up there, and they did not have permission. They got one of the volunteers to open up the doors. ... The photo-op they did wasn’t even accurate.

That's because by the time Ryan arrived, the food had already been served, the patrons had left, and the hall had already been cleaned! Antal even confirmed that the pans the congressman is seen washing in the photo op pics weren't even dirty.

Seriously, who do they think they're kidding?! And if all of that didn't come off looking bad enough, here's the real clincher: Congressman Ryan actually wants to cut the teensy-weensy amount of federal funding the facility receives. As Antal noted, "That is a little two-faced to say the least." I'll say!

And Antal wasn't the only one involved in the stunt who was turned off. The volunteer who let Ryan and his staffers in says the event "was the phoniest piece of baloney I’ve ever been associated with." Ugh.

This is just one more cringeworthy example of how disingenuous and double-dealing the GOP ticket truly is. Forget that they're blatantly lying engaging in fact distortion, flip-flopping, or failing to provide concrete details on all the key issues. How can we elect candidates who are clearly, completely insincere and two-faced? Who wax poetic about helping middle-class and lower-income Americans or pay 15-minute visits to soup kitchens, but are actually slamming them to their $50K/plate donors and slashing funding to humanitarian charity? If they think they can pull shenanigans like this to pull the wool over Americans' eyes during this race, to think of what they might try to do if they make it into the White House should seriously unnerve voters.

Here's more on the criticism of the photo-op ...

 

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