House Speaker Paul Ryan took a picture with the GOP's Capitol Hill interns. It backfired.

House Speaker Paul Ryan took a picture with the GOP's Capitol Hill interns. It backfired.
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Here's a fun game: look at this selfie House Speaker Paul Ryan took with these Capitol Hill GOP interns. What do Paul Ryan and 98% of these young Republicans have in common? Hint: you may want to wear shades, and not just because their futures are so bright.

I think this sets a record for the most number of #CapitolHill interns in a single selfie. #SpeakerSelfie.

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Notice anything? Any similarities? Does looking at this picture make you want to slip on a pair of Ugg boots and watch a Wes Anderson film? Are you suddenly concerned about sunscreen and Taylor Swift's emotional state? Yeah, there are a lot of white people in this picture. Twitter definitely noticed.

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However, it's important to note some caveats to this. First, it's hard to determine someone's ethnicity from one grainy picture, so it is hard to say for sure that this group is as homogenous as it looks. Plus, there are at least two black people in this picture and several Asian individuals.

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[this space originally had another version of Ryan's picture with minorities circled in red, but we decided that was somehow worse]

If you put this picture next to a picture of the DNC interns, there is quite a notable difference.

Another caveat is that these are House GOP interns, so in theory they represent Republican districts, which tend to be rural and white. So, they're not unrepresentative of their white hometowns, which is really the (cough cough) elephant in the room when it comes to the GOP. These interns probably aren't keeping any qualified people of color out of those jobs, but the GOP should be concerned if none are applying.

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