This morning, House Speaker Paul Ryan took to Twitter to boast about how the collection of corporate handouts and giveaways to the billionaire class that the GOP has the nerve to call “tax cuts” is uplifting the everyday American – by bragging about how one secretary received a whopping $1.50 a week raise, which therefore allowed her to pay for her Costco subscription.
Social media quickly erupted in fury at the House Speaker’s callous remark, pummeling him for pretending that $1.50 a week for working Americans was adequate compensation while the richest of the richest are set to make billions of dollars from this tax bill – Ryan himself received half a million dollars from the Koch Brothers as a reward for getting the bill passed.
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Racking up nearly 7,000 replies before Ryan was shamed into deleting it, the barrage of snark and furor did not end with the disappearance of the tweet itself.
Here’s a selection of social media’s best responses to our heartless House Speaker’s disgraceful declaration:
That tweet about the $1.50 a week is not a PR mistake. It is really what they think.
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) February 3, 2018
AIDE: mr ryan ppl are saying ur only working to help the billionaires. they say you hate everyone who isn’t rich
PAUL RYAN: oh yeah? well I’ll show them *chucks a handful of loose nickels at the back of a teachers head*
— KT NELSON (@KrangTNelson) February 3, 2018
— John Dingell (@JohnDingell) February 3, 2018
“Paul Ryan threw a couple of dollar bills into a crowd of 100 single moms and told us to ‘fight for it, you peasants,’ but at least he’s thinking about us!” pic.twitter.com/WvNEvvdjte
— Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) February 3, 2018
Paul Ryan: Can I take away all of your healthcare?
Me: ummm, no
Paul Ryan: [discreetly sliding $1.50 across the table like he’s trying to bribe a bouncer] how about now
— Migrant Twerker (@SortaBad) February 3, 2018
Hey Paul Ryan, deleting one tweet is a good start. Now do the rest of them. Then your account. Then yourself
— Lockheed R R Martin (@NormsRespecter) February 3, 2018
love to go on a brainstorming retreat where the only phrase on the whiteboard after three days is "REMIND TAXPAYERS THEY NOW CAN FINALLY AFFORD THAT CAN OF DELUXE PORK AND BEANS THEY'VE HAD THEIR EYE ON"
I was pleasantly surprised to have an extra 75 cents on my paycheck per week so I can use that money to donate to Randy Bryce’s campaign to absolutely demolish Paul Ryan.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) February 3, 2018
Paul Ryan’s next tweet pic.twitter.com/T8kCAHlZh0
— Dustin (@DustinGiebel) February 3, 2018
We should all save our extra $1.50 per week, convert it to bags of pennies, and beat Paul Ryan to death with them
— logo, hellfire warrior dad (@logophobe) February 3, 2018
Her salary went up $1.50. That’s $78 dollars a year…before health insurance premium hikes because of GOP sabotage.
Just think—in 6,410 years she’ll get as much as Paul Ryan got in a single day payoff from him billionaire mega donors for passing this tax scam.
After the GOP tax bill passed, Charles Koch and his wife gave Paul Ryan $494,000, or to put it another way, 329,333 public school secretaries pic.twitter.com/z5XIukoICS
— Jon Schwarz (@schwarz) February 3, 2018