Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), the Democratic nominee for Senate, is fast becoming the king of very dumb attacks against his Republican opponent J.D. Vance.
We’ve already reported on two recent ones, including Ryan’s suggestion Vance was out of touch with average Ohioans because he was transported to a campaign event in a $70,000 vehicle. Left out was that self-styled “man of the people” Ryan himself launched his campaign in a similarly priced vehicle, and the fact that those electric vehicles Ryan touts absolutely do not fit into the tight budgets of the middle-class people he claims to represent.
The other was an attempted dunk on Vance for holding a campaign rally this past Saturday instead of attending an Ohio State football game, an attack that backfired when it was discovered that Ryan himself was also not at the game.
Here we are a week later and round three of Ryan’s Very Online attacks on Vance continue, this time in response to a tweet from a USA Today reporter who noted that Vance “declined a pork sandwich” while at the Farm Science Review Wednesday because he’s trying to “stay fit”:
Hello from the Farm Science Review. Vance is here talking to folks and told one group he isn’t an ag expert but wants to be an ally if elected.
— Haley BeMiller (@haleybemiller) September 21, 2022
“Vance also offered to buy a milkshake for the Dem tracker who’s following him around. For those who are curious, the tracker is lactose intolerant,” the same reporter also helpfully noted, but I digress.
In response, Ryan – or most likely his handlers – took another tiresome “not a real Ohioan” swipe at Vance, declaring that “this guy is just not Ohio” (presumably they meant “from” or “for” Ohio):
Who passes up a pork sandwich fresh off the grill on an Ohio farm? This guy is just not Ohio. https://t.co/xAVVm7zEi0
— Tim Ryan (@TimRyan) September 22, 2022
Sooo, like this means Jewish people aren’t authentically Ohioans? Members of the Muslim community? And others who are either allergic to or just genuinely don’t like pork?
— Joel Pollak (@joelpollak) September 22, 2022
I mean, I’m from North Carolina. I get the importance of barbecue in the political debate. If a candidate for higher office is not seen chowing down on their share of ‘cue at some point while on the campaign trail here, something is considered deeply wrong. And if they have the nerve to actually dis ‘cue, there is hell to pay.
But someone declining a food offering is not cause for alarm, nor does it signal that the person is not one with the state or whatever.
Besides, if anyone should be feeling shame here over anything related to grillin’ it should be Tim Ryan. Flashback to this disaster of a video clip, over which Ryan was deservedly mocked even by other Democrats:
Can you help us FLIP Ohio blue? 😎 pic.twitter.com/9dGssbSjud
— Tim Ryan (@TimRyan) October 29, 2021
Tim Ryan, might want to call your office. Your handlers are failing you. Like, big time.