Ryan's Approach to 71-Year-Old Dissenting Constituent: Tackle, Handcuff, Arrest, Disdain

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Abby Zimet

Incredible video of Paul Ryan at his only, $15-a-pop public appearance, wherein he makes the lunatic claim that "most of our debt comes from our entitlement programs" - Bush tax cuts? Iraq? Afghanistan? anyone? - as police wrestle to the ground retired plumber Tom Nielsen for objecting. 

As Ryan kept talking, Nielsen, 71, found himself face down on the floor being handcuffed by police. He was thrown to the ground, placed in handcuffs, and arrested for trespassing and resisting arrest after objecting to Ryan's plans to gut Social Security and Medicare during his congressman's only public appearance scheduled during the August recess -- a $15 Rotary Club luncheon in West Allis, Wisconsin on Tuesday.

Nielsen repeatedly told police that he wasn't fighting them and that he didn't want to make any trouble. He also told them several times that he had a broken shoulder. Police officers ignored his comments as they wrestled him to the ground despite his howls of pain.

Meanwhile, Ryan cracked a joke about Nielson's blood pressure. John Prine, as usual, gets it right:

"Some humans ain't human/ Some people ain't kind." 

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