New York Daily News covers have not been kind to House Speaker Paul Ryan lately. Thursday's edition of the tabloid mocks the Wisconsin Republican as the "NRA's li'l lap dog" and features National Rifle Association chief executive Wayne LaPierre barking imaginary commands: "Heel, Paul, heel. Good boy!"

The accompanying story explains the criticism:

Hours after Democrats began a historic sit-in on the House floor Wednesday to press for a vote on gun control measures, Republican Speaker Paul Ryan callously tried to change the subject.
In a disgusting demonstration of his disregard for the Democrats, and the majority of Americans who agree with them, Ryan strolled to the rostrum around 10 p.m., gaveled the House into session and tried to bring order for a vote on a measure to overturn a veto — on legislation regarding financial advisers — by President Obama.
The speaker's spineless move on the off-topic issue was met by a chorus of boos, shouts of "shame" and a raucous rendition of "We Shall Overcome."

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This comes just a couple weeks after the Daily News put Ryan on a cover next to Donald Trump. Headline: "I'm with racist!"

That provocative front page was a response to Ryan's decision to stand by the presumptive GOP presidential nominee — whom he was slow to endorse in the first place — even as he criticized Trump's verbal attack on a Hispanic judge's neutrality as "the textbook definition of a racist comment."

Let's also recall that the Daily News called LaPierre -- Ryan's master in the "lap dog" analogy -- a "terrorist" on a December cover, after the mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif.

So, to review, the New York Daily News considers the speaker of the House to be the lap dog of a terrorist and a supporter of a racist. That's pretty harsh — and a far cry from the generally favorable coverage Ryan received during the Republican primary, when he was credited with taking principled stands against Trump's most controversial remarks and proposals.