This year, Republicans took on the role of the Grinch, stealing Christmas from a generation of Americans with a tax bill that will make it more difficult for working Americans to get ahead and enrich the already wealthy and connected.
Chelsea Clinton isn’t giving up on the holiday spirit, however. She put Speaker of the House Paul Ryan in his place with a perfect Christmas-themed tweet (below).
First, it’s worth noting that Chelsea invoked the true holiday spirit of community and togetherness, tweeting a video made by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) who famously gave a tough primary challenge to her mother, Hillary Clinton.
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The gesture echoes the attitudes and actions of both Democratic primary candidates, coming together after the votes were counted, even as a minority of supporters on both side maintained a wedge. This sends a clear reminder that defeating the insidious agenda of Trump and the Republicans cannot be done if we are fighting amongst ourselves.
In his tweet, Sanders called out Ryan for “already promising to make cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security,” before their tax scam was even signed into law.
In Sanders’ tweet about Ryan, Chelsea saw an icon — that of the villain in the Christmas classic, It’s a Wonderful Life.
In the movie, Lionel Barrymore’s greedy Mr. Potter expresses Republicans’ disdain for working people in his dressing down of Jimmy Stewart’s George Bailey. “A miserable little clerk crawling in here on your hands and knees and begging for help,” Potter snarls. “No securities, no stocks, no bonds, nothin’ but a miserable little $500 equity in a life insurance policy.”
Paul Ryans sometimes talk a good game, but his actions bely his true feelings about working Americans, and Chelsea called him out for it with the below tweet.
For a lot of Americans, Republicans have already ruined this Christmas, but if progressives stay united and vigilant like Clinton and Sanders, the next holiday season — after Democrats have retaken Congress — will be a happy one indeed.