Paul Ryan Insists He’s Not Racist

The Republican lawmaker declared that he didn’t have "a racist bone in [his] body." 

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WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 05: House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) questions Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf during a hearing in the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill February 5, 2014 in Washington, DC. Committee members questioned Elmendorf about the latest projections by the CBO, which says the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, will affect supply and demand for labor, leading to a net reduction of about 2.5 million full-time jobs by 2024.

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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is once again addressing the controversy behind his racially charged comments, which opined that “inner city” folk not having the desire to work, this time saying that he did not have "a racist bone" in his body.

According to The Washington Post, Ryan acknowledged in the interview that he had spoken to Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), a member of the Congressional Black Caucus and claimed that the congresswoman knew he "doesn’t have a racist bone in [his] body."

The report notes that Lee had critiqued Ryan for the "thinly veiled racial attack."

"She does not believe that I have these views," Ryan said in a Tuesday interview on the O’Reilly Factor, according to the Post. "She knows me well and she knows that I don’t have a racist bone in my body.”

"I’m a big boy," he added, saying that Lee didn't apologize for her own accusations. "I understand that if you challenge the status quo, that if you get into these issues, sometimes you will be misinterpreted. But also I really believe that we have to have a real conversation about how to fix these things without throwing these charges at people."

Read More at the Washington Post.

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