On February 3rd, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan Tweeted a statement that he quickly deleted it-but not before it was shared and criticized by basically every American who read it.
“A secretary at a public high school in Lancaster, Pa, said she was pleasantly surprised her pay went up $1.50 a week,” Ryan tweeted, and then added, “she said [that]will more than cover her Costco membership for the year.”
This was after he criticized House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s “crumb” comment, and considering it proves her right, it’s easy to see why he was quit to delete it.
Pelosi shot back on Twitter with, “Paul Ryan deleted his embarrassing tweet of a blatant admission because he and Republicans don’t want you to know the truth: the #GOPTaxScam is a gift to corporate America and the top 1% at your expense.”
But the best response? Randy Bryce, AKA the “IronStache.” Bryce is going to run against Ryan in the 2018 midterms, and is building a strong grassroots movement against Ryan. He tweeted:
Moments ago, @PRyan deleted this tweet after we told him just how out of touch he was. Show Paul Ryan what you think of his tax bill. Chip in $1.50 now to help us repeal and replace Ryan permanently this November.
The campaign drive worked well. A member of Bryce’s office told Shareblue Media, “From Saturday through 1 p.m. on Sunday, we raised $130,000 from 10,600 contributions.” Furthermore, 5,100 of those contributions were $1.50.”
That amounts to 3,400 people giving just $1.50 donations. But people were so angry with Ryan over the weekend that the $5,100 the small contributions raised was only about 4% of the total donations earned.
There were rumors that Ryan wouldn’t seek re-election this term. After this weekend, he might want to do so, or the midterms will be quite an embarrassment for him.