It Begins… Leftists Are Now Calling Paul Ryan a Terrorist (Video) …Update: David Cay Johnston Responds

Typical leftist logic:
Fiscal conservatives are terrorists and, the real terrorists are victims and/or partners in dialogue.

A far left MSNBC guest David Cay Johnston suggested today that Paul Ryan’s admiration for Ayn Rand makes him pro-terrorist.
Really… He went there.
Via The Daily Caller:

When your policies stink and you’re out of ideas what else are you gonna do?

UPDATE: David Cay Johnston attempted to clarify his words.  You decide if he was successful.

All these comments based on words I never said. I said “felony.”

If people here think it is perfectly OK to blow up a building like the fictional Cortlandt because your ego is offended (read the courtroom speech) you are entitled to your opinion, but it is not one I share.

More… Commenter Chisum added:

David Cay Johnston,

I can say with complete confidence that I have never met nor befriended a terrorist. I’ll bet 99.9% of Americans can make that same claim.

Our president cannot make such a claim. Yet you take aim at Mr. Ryan about something that someone else wrote that he made reference to in some fashion?

You, sir, are a coward. A dishonest, disingenuous coward.

Update…Johnston Lied!  He said:

You know, Congressman Ryan requires his staff to read Ayn Rand, whose fictional hero, Howard Roark, is a man who blew up a building because it wasn’t built exactly to his specifications as the architect,” Johnston said. “I mean, that’s the kind of society we want where our leaders say, not only are we taking from the sick and poor but we’re going to hold out as a model people who commit felonies like blowing up buildings….

Not true! New Ledger fact checked Johnston. They actually took the time to question former Ryan staff members.

In any case, the problem with this description of Ryan’s mandate isn’t its ludicrous exaggeration of the dangers of reading Rand. It’s that the meme is completely false.

Always skeptical about the offhand, unsourced anecdote from Beam’s piece (which wasn’t even focused on Ryan), I reached out to several former Ryan staffers yesterday to ask them whether the Budget Chairman had required them to read Rand. While everyone knows Ryan is indeed a personal fan of Rand’s work, not a single one of them said Ryan had required them to read the books. Responses include: “I had already read it prior to working for him, but it is by no means a requirement for employment,” and “Saying he ‘requires’ his staff to read it is definitely stretching the truth,” and the flat out denial: “We are not required to read Rand.”

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