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This Democratic intern selfie puts Paul Ryan’s photo to shame

Take notes, Speaker of the House.

 

Alexandra Samuels

IRL

Published Jul 20, 2016   Updated May 26, 2021, 10:24 am CDT

After House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) drew attention for his #InternsSoWhite selfie, a group of Democratic interns working at Capitol Hill decided to show the world how representation really looks. 

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On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) tweeted a photo of a group of Democratic congressional interns. And it’s not hard to spot the difference between Johnson’s and Ryan’s pics. 

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Johnson is not the first to call out Ryan for his seemingly all-white photo, however. Both House Democratic Conference Chairman Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) and U.S. Representative Barbara Lee of Oakland tweeted a picture of their diverse interns. 

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According to USA Today, interns in Johnson’s selfie reportedly said the picture was taken to highlight the minorities who are currently working at Capitol Hill. And it seems almost every nonwhite congressional intern made the time to prove that point. 

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*First Published: Jul 20, 2016, 4:45 pm CDT