House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) got a surprise when he was filming an upcoming episode of PBS’s “Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.,” a TV series in which famous guests learn about their ancestral histories.
Gates told the Television Critics Association last Tuesday that Ryan was surprised, but proud of his previously unknown heritage.
He traced Ryan’s heritage to his 10th great-grandfather, who was born in 1531. The research reveals that Ryan is 3 percent Ashkenazi Jewish, as Gates reports on the show.
“You could have knocked him over with a feather and then he was very proud of it,” Gates said of Ryan’s reaction, according to AP. “We don’t know who that Jewish person was, but we know it was on his mother’s German line, which makes sense. So somebody who was a Christian German slept with a Jewish German person and that’s where that came from.”
Someone is butthurt that Ryan is getting some Jew-Wish privilege:
Oh really? Jordan explain this. Why didn’t Bibi give immigration rights to all dislocated Palestinians?
Haaretz reported that “..his 3 percent “Ashkenazi” component doesn’t make Paul Ryan any more Jewish than his Neanderthal component makes him sub-human.”
U.S. House Speaker could have almost as much Neanderthal DNA in him as Jewish, and his genome could be giving off an Ashkenazi ‘signal’ or just generating random noise, an expert tells Haaretz
…Before Neanderthals died out, our ancestors (i.e., Homo sapiens) mated with them, and more than once. The DNA of today’s blue-eyed, brown-haired politicians may have anywhere from around 1.5 to 2.6 percent Neanderthal genes, depending who you ask. So that 3 percent “Ashkenazi” component doesn’t make Paul Ryan any more Jewish than his Neanderthal component makes him sub-human. (Of course, he would have been 100 percent Jewish halakhically if only his mother had converted to Judaism.)
Paul Ryan will have his Jewish and Neanderthal ancestry will be reveled on the fifth season of “Finding Your Roots,” which debuts in January.
Either way that you slice it, if Ryan Jew or not Jew, he has some interesting bed fellows.