Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House, is really bad at making friends. The Republican has upset a lot of people in the past few years. Most recently, about the tax bill. The GOP tax bill negatively affects a large number of Americans, including millennial women. Ryan has been vocal about his feelings regarding low-income households, women, and basically anyone that isn’t exactly like him.
Like most of Donald Trump’s administration, Paul Ryan is also really bad at the internet. When these rich, white, Republican men take to Twitter, they inevitably end up hurting someone’s feelings. Or a lot of people’s feelings. Between calls to ban Donald Trump from Twitter and a seeming increase in harassment on the platform, Ryan’s embarrassing now-deleted tweet fits right in.
Here’s what happened. On Saturday, February 3rd, Paul Ryan took to Twitter to brag about the tax cut in action. “A secretary at a public high school in Lancaster, PA, said she was pleasantly surprised her pay went up $1.50 a week,” Ryan tweeted. “She said [that] will more than cover her Costco membership for the year.” Ryan included a link to an Associated Press article about the tax bill’s influence on employees. But when it became clear that he was misreading the situation, he deleted the tweet.
Paul Ryan’s embarrassing tweet proves that he and the GOP are incredibly out of touch with reality.
Of course, Twitter was not here for Ryan’s insensitive post. Many people had things to say back to Ryan.
Nancy Pelosi pointed out how much money Ryan and corporate America are receiving regularly.
Some people stepped up to offer to help Julie Ketchum, the secretary Ryan mentioned, with her Costco membership.
Leave it to Twitter to remind us of the good in the world.
Here’s the deal: $78 extra dollars a year will barely cover a single bill in some people’s lives.
In case it is unclear, the GOP tax bill benefits very few Americans. The GOP tax bill is yet another way the Trump administration proves how little it cares about working-class Americans. Paul Ryan, maybe someone should screen your tweets before you post them.