On Saturday, House Speaker Paul Ryan tweeted, then deleted, a message that was intended to be celebratory of the tax bill that Republicans forced through Congress using a procedural method at the end of last year, which Trump rushed to sign so he could have a “win” before he delivered his first State of the Union address.
It got quite a bit of attention, since Rep. Ryan only deleted it after major backlash on the internet — and when I say backlash, I mean he got savaged by commenters across the country. Unfortunately for Paul Ryan, the internet is forever, and I’m not sure I know anyone who didn’t screencap the tweet before it was gone from his Twitter feed.
But even after all of the jokes and the savagery died down on social media, it left many people wondering if Paul Ryan really honestly thought somebody was happy about a measly dollar and a half a week, or whether he just really didn’t understand sarcasm and thought she was being serious.
That’s why CBS News tracked down the woman, Julia Ketchum, who was quoted in Ryan’s tweet as the high school secretary who was so thrilled at her sudden windfall of extra cash. Reporter David Begnaud spoke to Julia on Saturday after the now-infamous tweet, and she told him she was “surprised” that the House Speaker had cited her specific experience:
The paragraph above me, and the paragraph below my quote — those people got hundreds more — hundreds — and I got a $1.50 per paycheck more. So it shows me he may not have read the whole article.”
Now, don’t get me wrong. A buck and a half is a buck and a half. But if the Republicans are planning on trying to use Nancy Pelosi’s “crumbs” comment against her in the run-up to the midterms, they’d better put somebody better on the PR team than Paul Ryan.
Watch the Facetime from the reporter’s interview:
— Tim Hogan (@timjhogan) February 5, 2018
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