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GOP House members pose for selfie, spark outrage over lack of diversity

Vice President-elect Mike Pence snapped the photo in front of the nearly all-white cast of Republicans.

Vice President-elect Mike Pence snaps a selfie with a room full of fellow RepublicTwitter/@HouseGOP

Notice anyone missing?

A photo shared Thursday to the official House of Representatives GOP Twitter account sparked outrage online when users noticed a distinct similarity among nearly everyone in the frame: they're all white.

The photo, posted with the caption "UNIFIED," shows dozens of House Republican members smiling behind Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who used a selfie-stick to capture the moment.

Twitter users soon called out the House GOP, citing the photo as proof of the party's lack of racial diversity. Only two Republican members of the House are black: Mia Love of Utah and Will Hurd of Texas.


Earlier this year, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) came under fire for a selfie he took with White House interns, who nearly all of whom were white.

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

A photo posted by Speaker Paul Ryan (@speakerryan) on

At the time, the photo shared to Instagram spawned the hashtag#GOPSoWhite; Pence's selfieThursday revived it, and criticism about lack of diversity in the party.

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