Twitter goes to town on Paul Ryan over $1.50 pay rise tweet

Paul Ryan deletes tax bill tweet after being dragged for not understanding math

"Julia Ketchum, a secretary at a public high school in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, said she was pleasantly surprised her pay went up $1.50 a week".

Ryan's Democratic challenger nearly immediately engaged, and other Democrats similarly piled on in an attempt to flip the script after weeks of positive news stories about the effects of the tax cuts. As noted by CNN, Ryan's tweet, which shared an anecdote about a school secretary whose pay went up $1.50 a week, struck many people as being extremely out of touch with the lives of real low-income families. Estimated annual savings range into the thousands of dollars, which is certainly a lot more than a$60 Costco membership.

It's not clear why Ryan chose to highlight Ketchum's $1.50 a week raise; the story also mentions a Florida managed care worker who saw an extra $200 in his paycheck, a pair of educators who saw an extra combined $200 in their pay, and an aerospace engineer who saw a 4 percent bump in his check.

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Some, including Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, noticed that Ryan later deleted the tweet Saturday.

Jon Favreau, a former Obama staffer, tweeted: "As a thank you for passing a $1 trillion corporate tax cut, Paul Ryan received $500,000 in campaign contributions from the Koch brothers, which would probably cover the cost of buying a Costco".

Ryan's office was not immediately available to comment over the weekend.

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Former George W. Bush ethics lawyer, Richard W. Painter said that Ryan "should be ashamed of himself" for publishing the tweet.

Republicans passed a major tax overhaul in December, which was considered one of Ryan's primary focuses in Congress.

"Guess someone told Paul Ryan you shouldn't go around praising yourself for giving a working person an extra $1.50 a week - because he deleted this tweet".

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Randy Bryce, the Democrat in Wisconsin running against Ryan, took advantage of the tweet, calling for $1.50 in donations to help unseat him. Show Paul Ryan what you think of his tax bill.

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