Apparently, nature also has a grudge against House Speaker Paul Ryan.
During his appearance at the Economic Club in Washington, the Wisconsin Republican told the audience that a family of woodchucks ate up his Chevy Suburban.
“My car was eaten by animals,” he said. “It’s just dead.”
As a top congressional leader, Ryan's security detail provides him transportation. Since he had no need to drive it, Ryan loaned his car to his mother in Wisconsin. After her recent return from a vacation in Florida, the car would no longer start. A mechanic "realized that a family of woodchucks lived in the underbody,” Ryan said. “They ate all the wiring out of it.”
Public response to the incident has been ... interesting.
A few Twitter users expressed their support for the woodchucks and others have considered them to be unofficial members of the far-left-leaning militant group, antifa.
Woodchucks... welcome to the Resistance. https://t.co/noDAXEPPux— 💀 damned sinker 💀 (@💀 damned sinker 💀) 1531432802.0
Woodchucks eating Paul Ryan’s car is direct action— Auntie Carpet Weed (@Auntie Carpet Weed) 1531499831.0
I’m so proud of my friends today & every day, but today I am also especially proud of the family of woodchucks that ate Paul Ryan’s car.— out-of-context jake peralta (@out-of-context jake peralta) 1531493516.0
woodchucks are antifa now https://t.co/avsIYUyJzU— Ashley Feinberg (@Ashley Feinberg) 1531431760.0
Can't stop thinking of those brave little woodchucks who destroyed Paul Ryan's car. Knight them.— Lily Bolourian. لی لی (@Lily Bolourian. لی لی) 1531488978.0
Ryan is not new to being the subject of resistance and protest. While Ryan condemned some of Trump's discriminatory policies throughout his presidential campaign, he has since evolved into becoming one of his quickest defenders and enablers. Ryan has defended and proposed some of the most harmful and discriminatory viewpoints in this country. He doesn't believe in climate change, he has supported bills to defund Planned Parenthood, and he has defended Trump's Muslim ban and draconian immigration policies.
There's sound reason for the woodchucks to eat up Ryan's SUV.
Whether an act of resistance or not, the woodchucks' choice does make sense. The Midwest is known for its unforgiving winters — and Wisconsin is no exception. Seeking shelter under the hood of the House Speaker's big SUV seems like a smart move.
If Ryan won't budge on his views and stand up for the rights of all Americans, these woodchucks seem to have a solid plan for action — and they aren't afraid to use it.