People are reading into the possibility that even woodchucks, who destroyed Paul Ryan's Chevy Suburban, also have an inherent animosity for the Republican House speaker.
"My car was eaten by animals," he shared, during a speech at The Economic Club of Washington D.C. on Thursday. "It's just dead."
Because Ryan has a security detail and a chauffeur, he hasn't driven for nearly three years. He told his audience that he leaves the SUV parked in the driveway of his mother's house in his hometown of Jainesville, Wisconsin. To keep the car in good shape, his mother would periodically turn on the engine.
But after returning from one of her annual winter visits to Florida, the car didn't start. It was time to investigate.
So I towed it into the dealer, they put it up, and they realized that a family of woodchucks lived in the underbody of my Suburban. They ate all the wiring out of all of it.
@NPR HAAAA https://t.co/y9D6yS1y2W— Caty (@Caty) 1531507343.0
@NPR Good. He was probably trying to take away their babies.— Ebony (@Ebony) 1531518635.0
NOT THE ONION! Those woodchucks deserve all the wood they can chuck for this. 🤣🤣🤣 | A Family Of Woodchucks Ate Paul… https://t.co/WnFGJLKbQm— M. Trota Fieriosa 🔥🍜📖🦄 (@M. Trota Fieriosa 🔥🍜📖🦄) 1531445813.0
In April, Ryan announced he will not be seeking re-election at the end of the year. "You realize you hold the office for just a small part of our history," he told reporters regarding his retirement from Congress. "So you better make the most of it."
Unfortunately, he could't make the most out of being a car owner.
@NPR https://t.co/5ixKR8X7nq— Rogue Florida (@Rogue Florida) 1531508554.0
But now that he recently renewed his driver's license, he's looking forward to nabbing a Ford F-150 as a replacement for his Chevy when the time comes for him to leave Capitol Hill.
Of course, his misfortune with the critters was a prime opportunity for mockery.
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could restore our faith in karma? https://t.co/OhCYkISl1s— Fangfox (@Fangfox) 1531514943.0
if paul ryan is so rich you would think he wouldnt have a car made of wood https://t.co/DfkU2SjXDc— palcorn🌹 (@palcorn🌹) 1531437087.0
@FoxNews @SpeakerRyan I wish a woodchuck wood, try to eat my SUV.🤔 https://t.co/n98jPpV7fL— ®ickkRoc🎸St🌟r (@®ickkRoc🎸St🌟r) 1531525808.0
@GeekMelange I feel Jesus in these woodchucks— Hey Alex✨ (@Hey Alex✨) 1531446124.0
@NPR Even nature hates these Republicans. But that just makes sense. 🤷🏻♀️— rachel rw (@rachel rw) 1531508551.0
@NPR give the woodchuks a new house and a car and free access to anything they want to eat that belongs to Ryan forever and ever ahhhhmen— Clockwood (@Clockwood) 1531509239.0
According to April 2017's Pew Research Center poll numbers, Republicans dislike the House Speaker as much as democrats.
A year and a half into his tenure as House Speaker, Paul Ryan is viewed more negatively than positively: 54% say they disapprove of the job Ryan is doing, 29% approve.
Now, it seems the rodents have expressed their disapproval of Ryan, as well.
@NPR Guess the woodchucks are just as pissed off as the rest of us— If the shoe fits (@If the shoe fits) 1531510139.0
@NPR That’s karma for screwing with the environment!— Jane Kjær Weber (@Jane Kjær Weber) 1531507587.0
@NPR Even woodchucks know an a-!ol* when they see one.— KM (@KM) 1531523130.0
@NPR It stunk and tasted funny, too. Had to go buy Tums. https://t.co/wQqsdQZawx— RC deWinter (@RC deWinter) 1531519734.0