Speaker Paul Ryan announced his plans to retire following the end of his final term. Opting to not serve another term and instead spend time with his wife and three children, the speaker of the house will begin his retirement before he even enters his fifties.
Ryan will continue to serve until the re-elections in January of 2019.
Despite his controversial coverage in the press and close relationship to President Donald Trump, Ryan has insisted that his reason for leaving is for the sake of his children and family. With almost two decades spent in Congress, Ryan explained that he no longer wanted to be a “weekend dad” and be absent to his three teenage children.
Samantha Bee of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee took to Twitter to discuss his premature retirement plans:
She didn’t have a problem pointing out her disgust with him leaving at the ripe age of 48 – especially considering a lot of people are facing the possibility of being forced to work beyond their retirement.
Can someone be employed from the grave? Half-serious question, at this point.
— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) April 11, 2018
People agreed and made a mention that there are plenty of working-class citizens maintain two or three jobs at a time, sacrificing sleep and time spent with family to survive:
I keep saying I'm going to have to work half a day on day of my funeral!
— Ticked.Off6 (@KangasMom1) April 11, 2018
Yep, privilege is retiring to “spend more time with your family,” while the people you hurt have to pick up a 3rd job to support theirs.
— Ashley B (@AshLau16) April 11, 2018
On top of those concerns, a lot of people are baffled at how he plans on leaving in this current political climate…
Some have argued that while he has done next to nothing to make a positive impact in his recent position, the speaker of the house sure has made an impact nonetheless.
What a coward he is, he doesn't want to face the voters in his district in November because he knows they'll kick his ass out of office for covering for Trump.
— Kenneth Jimenez (@MrKennyJimenez) April 11, 2018
Hey, @SpeakerRyan, no chance you'll actually do something positive for the country before slinking away? Hello? Hello? Is this thing on?
— Nancy Chenier (@rowdy_phantom) April 11, 2018
And that he could use a hefty amount of tax dollars to secure a polished, decades-long pension…
I’m so happy that my tax dollars will now be used for Ryan’s lifetime pension and healthcare, while other Americans are losing healthcare and possibly social security. Maybe he can buy a spine with our money.
— Jeanne (@jeamar914) April 11, 2018
Paul Ryan, you suck…. all the taxpayers money you will get is a crime.
— CK (@iytorjskk) April 11, 2018
Ryan has not responded to the post. Perhaps he has already taken to shining his golf clubs, in preparation for retirement?