CBS This Morning’s Gayle King spared no feelings when she interviewed Speaker of the House Paul Ryan on Thursday. Though they mostly spoke about the fact that he announced that he would not run for reelection the day before, King also grilled him about the lack of representation in the Republican party.
Referencing a tweet Donald Trump had posted the night before of Republican congressmen, including Ryan, posing with thumbs up, King put Ryan on the spot.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2018
“When I look at that picture, Mr. Speaker, I have to say, I don't see anybody that looks like me in terms of color or gender. And you were one of the main people that said you want to do more for the Republican Party, to expand,” King said. “So when I look at that picture, I have to say I don't feel very celebratory. I feel very excluded.”
“Well, I-- I-- I don't like the fact that you feel that way,” Ryan responded. “And we need more minorities, more women in our party. And I've been focusing on that kind of recruitment.”
.@GayleKing: "When I look at the picture, I don't feel very celebratory. I feel very excluded." @SpeakerRyan: "I don't like that you feel that way. We need more minorities, more women in our party." @CBSThisMorning pic.twitter.com/ts9jvUHrfz
— Norah O'Donnell (@NorahODonnell) April 12, 2018