Published: Mon, February 05, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Paul Ryan deletes 'embarrassing' $1.50 pay rise tweet after ridicule

Paul Ryan deletes 'embarrassing' $1.50 pay rise tweet after ridicule

People on Twitter, including democratic lawmakers and their teams, quickly responded, noting that $1.50 a week-an extra $6 a month-isn't something to brag about.

Ryan was quote retweeting a tweet by the AP Business News that said, "Workers are starting to notice larger pay checks following tax overhaul".

The Republican congressional leader was hailing the effect of his party's $1.5 trillion tax cut on Twitter when he made the gaffe. "A secretary at a public high school in Lancaster, PA, 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", the tweet read.

"In terms of the bonus that corporate America received, versus the crumbs that they are giving to workers to kind-of put the schmooze on, (it) is so pathetic", She received some criticism for the "crumbs" part of the comment. Ryan's tweet celebrating a public high school employee earning an extra $1.50 per week went mega-viral-and not in a good way, with countless people mocking and deriding the Wisconsin congressman for the tone-deaf tweet.

Costco is a American budget wholesaler of home furniture and appliances, with an annual membership costing $60 per year.

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CBS News' David Begnaud spoke to Julia Ketchum, the secretary, on Saturday after Ryan's tweet. The tax bill cost almost $1.5 trillion dollars, while the teacher in question is only seeing $1.50 extra in her weekly paycheck.

While it's hard to be sure, since President Donald Trump refuses to release his income tax records, The Washington Post has written that he stands to save millions of dollars through the bill he promoted and signed.

Because of the recent tax reforms, Americans will receive small tax cuts; however, the lion's share of the cuts will go to major corporations.

All of which is to say that even if Ryan's tweet was only up for a few hours, jokes aside, it could end up haunting Republicans in the November election.

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