One day after reluctantly releasing a ridiculous memo from idiot Congressman Devin Nunes which tried and failed to exonerate Donald Trump in his Russia scandal, the Republican Party seems unsure what to do. Trump is still defending the memo. Nunes says he’ll release more memos. Trey Gowdy has cut bait by endorsing Robert Mueller and retiring from Congress. Paul Ryan tried to get the GOP back on message today, but failed rather spectacularly.
Ryan is still trying to convince the American public that his Republican Party’s historically unpopular tax scam bill for the wealthy is somehow a boon for the working class. He tweeted a link to an article while quoting the part which said that “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.”
After facing immediate backlash and humiliation for obvious reasons, Ryan quickly deleted the tweet. He had unwittingly highlighted that this tax bill doesn’t do anything for the working class. This bill explodes the deficit by more than a trillion dollars with its massive giveaways to the wealthy, while stiffing the working class with a buck-fifty a week. Worse, the tax scam eliminates several basic deductions for the working class, meaning many of them will be stuck paying more taxes each year. Despite all of the GOP’s lies, this was a middle class tax increase.
Paul Ryan isn’t the most gifted of politicians, but he would normally know better than to post such a stupid and self defeating tweet. This was a rookie mistake by a guy who, despite not really being liked by anyone on either side, has managed to survive in politics and climb the ranks for decades. But he was so desperate to move on from the memo and get his party back on message, and so rattled, he blew it. Maybe that’s because the scandal surrounding the Nunes memo has implicated him in the Trump-Russia coverup.
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