Paul Ryan is boasting on Twitter about all the good the G.O.P. tax plan will do. In related news, the House Majority Leader might not understand how money works for most people.
Ryan, tweeting from his personal account, earned himself a good, old-fashioned public shaming on Saturday after he tried to hype the recently passed tax bill. The extra $1.50 in one “pleasantly surprised” Pennsylvania woman’s weekly paycheck is enough to cover an annual Costco membership, he wrote.
The tweet was so astoundingly dumb that Ryan actually deleted it while we were in the process of writing about it. But let his original intent sink in for a minute. This was Ryan’s idea of a positive outcome for the new tax plan.
On the one hand, sure. Having $78 is better than not having $78. Common sense rules apply here, though: An extra $78 earned over the course of a year isn’t going to be meaningfully helpful to the majority of households out there.
But, as Ryan told reporters back in December, results are what will matter with the new tax bill.
“When we get this done, when people see their withholding improving, when they see the jobs occurring, when they see a simpler tax code, that’s what’s going to produce the results. And results are going to be what makes this popular,” he said at the time.
Perhaps Ryan thought that tweeting an object example of the “results” he promised would get people fired up. Well… it did. Just probably not in the way he’d hoped.
Ryan’s tweet was greeted by an epic social media dragging and a ratio that may have ended up challenging CNN commentator and ratio king Chris Cillizza, had he not deleted it.
It doesn’t even matter that the tweet is gone. Twitter remembers. Twitter always remembers.
That extra $1.50 Paul Ryan gave me a week in 2018 was totally worth giving up my mom’s Medicaid.
– A voter Paul Ryan keeps imagining he’ll meet
— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) February 3, 2018
Paul Ryan is literally tweeting about a woman who had a pay raise of $6 a month, a proof the Trump economy is working.
While the Trump pay raise was millions.
— Pesach ‘Pace’ Lattin ⏺ (@pacelattin) February 3, 2018
i think paul ryan deleted that “wow! $1.50 extra a week” tweet. which would make it one of the smartest political decisions he’s made.
— Hend Amry (@LibyaLiberty) February 3, 2018