With former President Barack Obama having been hailed for touting a $40 tax cut, House Speaker Paul Ryan should have known better to enter those sacred waters with a meager $1.50 payroll savings.
But then, Ryan’s boneheaded move that hampers the GOP message is a sign of how out of touch Republican leaders often appear to the American people.
“A secretary at a public high school in Lancaster, PA, said she was pleasantly surprised her pay went up $1.50 a week…she said [that] will cover her Costco membership for the year,” Ryan tweeted.
The speaker linked to an Associated Press story that said workers “are starting to notice bigger paychecks” as a result of the GOP tax reform legislation — after stepping all over the positive message.
As for being out of touch, the worse thing Ryan could have done, other than posting the tweet, was to delete it.
Which he did.
House Minority Leader Nancy “Crumbs” Pelosi and Co. were quick to seize on the move.
Paul Ryan deleted his embarrassing tweet of a blatant admission because he and Republicans don’t want you to know the truth: the #GOPTaxScam is a gift to corporate America and the top 1% at your expense.
He also doesn’t want you to know he got $500.000.00 from the Koch family. pic.twitter.com/ENXxASfAMP
— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) February 3, 2018
Hell, Democrats are even using the incident to raise money, asking for a $1.50 donation:
Moments ago, @PRyan deleted this tweet after we told him just how out of touch he was. Show Paul Ryan what you think of his tax bill. Chip in $1.50 now to help us repeal and replace Ryan permanently this November.https://t.co/c3Fii4Q0Jn
— Randy Bryce (@IronStache) February 3, 2018
The ridicule on social media was as brutal as you would expect it to be, summed up well in a single tweet:
[holding back tears]
thank you. pic.twitter.com/gQwYeY2RpR
— Chris Jackson (@ChrisCJackson) February 3, 2018
Ryan’s Twitter account has been quiet on tax cut savings since the ill-advised tweet.
We can assume he’s licking his wounds and wondering how President Donald Trump has so much success with social media.
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