When the charity’s president, Brian J. Antal, found out about Ryan’s stunt, he was furious. Ryan and his campaign had “ramrodded” their way into the kitchen, Antal told The Washington Post on Monday.
“We’re a faith-based organization,” he said. “We are apolitical because the majority of our funding is from private donations. It’s strictly in our bylaws not to do it. They 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. He did nothing. He just came in here to get his picture taken at the dining hall.”
Public reaction was ferocious — and much of it has targeted Antal.
When I talked to Antal on Tuesday afternoon, he said he was starting to worry “a little bit” for the safety of his family. A young child wailed in the background as he described the barrage of angry calls he’d been fielding ever since the story broke.
“They keep accusing me of being partisan,” he said. “They say they’re donors who will never give again because of what I said.” None of them would give a name.
Attacking a fucking charity because the person who runs it didn’t appreciate it being used for a photo-op. More fucking conservative bullshit. This is a charity, A FUCKING CHARITY, and the guy is receiving threatening phone calls because he doesn’t fall in line with the Republicans.
This is total utter bullshit, but unfortunately not surprising considering the way conservatives attack everything that goes outside their little bubble so furiously.
From the same article:
I leave you with this exchange between an angry caller and Antal:
“Do you realize,” she said, “there’s a war between Republicans and Democrats?”
“Ma’am,” he said, “the only war I’m involved in is the war against hunger.”
The phone went dead.