Paul Ryan Deletes Tweet About Tax Cuts Amid Social Media Backlash

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.

Ryan deleted the tweet after it was widely dragged.

To prove his point, Ryan highlighted a section of the story that read, "Julia Ketchum, a Pennsylvania high school secretary, saw her paycheck increase $78 a year - enough to cover the cost of her yearly Costco membership".

People, including several prominent Democrats, noted on social media that $1.50 per week is not a significant pay bump.

Numerous responses pointed out that a $1.50 pay raise is not actually that significant, and, as CNN notes, a basic Costco membership is $60 a year.

"He also doesn't want you to know he got $500.000.00 from the Koch family", she added, referencing a campaign donation Ryan received after the House of Representatives passed their version of the tax reform bill in November, according to data published by ProPublica.

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

Immediately critics were out to point out that Ryan doesn't seem to know that a basic Costco membership costs $60 a year and so obviously $1.50 would not make much of a difference.

With former President Barack Obama having been hailed for touting a $40 tax cut, House Speaker Paul Ryan should have known better to enter those sacred waters with a meager $1.50 payroll savings.

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom shared a picture of Ryan's tweet after it was removed, writing: "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".

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!"

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