GOP mocks Wasserman Schultz for saying $1,000 doesn't go 'very far'

GOP mocks Wasserman Schultz for saying $1,000 doesn't go 'very far'
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Republicans are criticizing Rep. Debbie Wasserman SchultzDeborah (Debbie) Wasserman SchultzLawmakers aim to use spending bill to block offshore drilling GOP lawmaker 'outraged' after being denied entry to migrant children's shelter Right-wing conspiracy theories against ex-congressional IT staffer debunked in plea deal MORE (D-Fla.) after she downplayed the $1,000 bonuses a number of companies have announced following passage of the new GOP tax law.

At an event in Florida on Thursday hosted by the Not One Penny campaign, Wasserman Schultz noted that employees would be taxed on these bonuses.

"I'm not sure that $1,000 — which is taxed, taxable — goes very far for almost anyone," she said. 

The comments from Wasserman Schultz, the former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, were quickly picked up by right-leaning media outlets. They also got the attention of House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsMeadows says FBI made 'right' decision firing Strzok Republicans have spent .5 million at Trump properties since he took office: report Conservative editor: House GOP should not try to impeach Rosenstein MORE (R-N.C.) and other conservatives on social media. 

Some on the right are also criticizing House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for calling the bonuses a "crumb" at the same event, arguing that Pelosi and Wasserman Schultz are out of touch with ordinary Americans.

Democrats and Republicans have been engaged in a heated messaging battle over the tax law, which President TrumpDonald John TrumpAl Gore: Trump has had 'less of an impact on environment so far than I feared' Trump claims tapes of him saying the 'n-word' don't exist Trump wanted to require staffers to get permission before writing books: report MORE signed in December.

Republicans have been touting bonus announcements from companies such as Walmart and Home Depot as evidence that the middle class are being helped by the law.

Democrats are arguing that the tax law mostly benefits wealthy corporations and shareholders.