Paul Ryan deletes tweet about tax cuts after Twitter backlash

Ryan speaks at a news conference with Republican leaders on Capitol Hill in Washington U.S

"A secretary at a public high school in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, said she was pleasantly surprised her pay went up $1.50 a week she said [that] will more than cover her Costco membership for the year", Ryan tweeted. In fact, most Americans depend on their paychecks to get them through the immediate days and can not access adequate social services - something that is available in other equally developed countries.

"Julia Ketchum ... saw her paycheck increase $78 a year - enough to cover the cost of her yearly Costco membership", Ryan retweeted.

The following message was tweeted out from Ryan's account on Saturday morning and then was subsequently deleted after it became clear how poorly it was being received.

Plenty of people - and companies - are seeing a meaningful change in their pay because of the tax bill. And now there's a hashtag, #WithABuckFiftyAWeek, trending as the result of Ryan's epic flub.

But the anecdote the Republican Speaker of the House chose to highlight caused some controversy.




Ryan's opponent in the 2018 congressional elections, Randy Bryce, also responded to the tweet, taking the opportunity to try to juice his own fundraising efforts.

Ryan preserved a second tweet in reaction to the AP story quoting a man saying, "I have heard time and time again that the middle class is getting crumbs, but I'll take it!"

Signed into law last December, the tax bill has been repeatedly touted by Republican lawmakers and President Trump as crucial legislation meant to help US workers.

Ryan's tweet was the latest show of Republicans patting themselves on the back for the tax bill, which slashed corporate taxes.

Finally, $1.50 compared poorly against the untold government programs, staff or resources that will have to be cut in the future to pay for those hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings. But long before he would have even thought of deleting the tweet, it had been archived in screenshots.

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