Rep. Tim Ryan Predicts ‘Youngstown Street Fight' if Trump Tries to Defund Planned Parenthood

By Barbara Hollingsworth | November 21, 2016 | 4:24pm EST
Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio). (AP photo)


( -- Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), who is challenging Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as House minority leader, said Sunday that there will be a “Youngstown street fight in the Capitol” if President-elect Donald Trump attempts to defund Planned Parenthood or tries to dismantle Obamacare.

“Let me say, if he tries to defund Planned Parenthood, if he tries to kick people off their health insurance, if they try to privatize Medicare or cut taxes for the wealthy, you know, we are going to have a Youngstown street fight in the Capitol. That's what's going to happen,” Ryan told Jake Tapper after the host of CNN’s State of the Union asked him if Democrats will cooperate with the new Republican president when he takes office in January.

“If he has other opportunities where we can grow the economy, where we can invest in the working-class people, knowing that a third of working-class people are people of color, so this is our broad coalition, then we will look for places to work with him,” Ryan added.

“But as I'm reading about his infrastructure bill in the last couple of days, it looks like a bunch of smoke and mirrors and some corporate giveaways. And if that's what it looks like, then he's going to have a fight on his hands.”

In a Jan. 27, 2015 op-ed in the Akron Beacon JournaL, the formerly pro-life Ryan wrote that his "position has evolved" and that he had "changed my thinking on abortion."

The Ohio Democrat, who won reelection even though a majority of his constituents voted for Trump, is also challenging Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for House minority leader.

Although he said that “I can’t in good conscience hang this election around Nancy Pelosi’s neck,” Ryan blamed Pelosi’s focus on getting more funding to fight the Zika virus for helping to throw Democrats “off track” in the final months of the campaign.

 “Well, I think from the House of Representatives side, if you go and look back to the month or two or three before we even left to come home to campaign, we were talking about things like the Zika virus and other issues,” he told Tapper.

“I'm for increased funding for the Centers for Disease Control. Of course we need to fund that and we need to help deal with the Zika virus. But that's not a deep economic message that's a national message. That's a message in a couple of regions in the country.

“And I think things like that throw us off track. We need a brand as a party that says we're the party that are going to help working-class people, white people, black people, brown people, gay people, straight people, improve opportunity for them to grow their wages, to have security, economic security,” Ryan said. 

“And we got off that message. And when we don't talk about economics, we lose elections.”

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