Paul Ryan deletes tweet touting $1.50 pay hike after backlash

Paul Ryan deletes tweet touting $1.50 pay hike after backlash
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Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPaul Ryan researched narcissistic personality disorder after Trump win: book Paul Ryan says it's 'really clear' Biden won election: 'It was not rigged. It was not stolen' Democrats fret over Trump-district retirements ahead of midterms MORE (R-Wis.) deleted a tweet on Saturday, in which he said a woman's paycheck went up by $1.50 due to the Republican tax-reform plan. 

Ryan included a link to an Associated Press story in the tweet that explained how the legislation has benefited workers and corporations. 


The speaker referred to Julia Ketchum, who said her $1.50 pay increase would cover her Costco membership for the year.

"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 cover her Costco membership for the year," Ryan tweeted. 

The post immediately drew backlash from critics. 



GOP leaders, including President TrumpDonald TrumpJulian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy Overnight Energy & Environment — League of Conservation Voters — Climate summit chief says US needs to 'show progress' on environment Five takeaways from Arizona's audit results MORE, have touted the impact of the tax plan, which cuts the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent.

Ryan's Democratic counterpart House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money — House pushes toward infrastructure vote US mayors, Black leaders push for passage of bipartisan infrastructure bill Lawmakers say innovation, trade rules key to small business gains MORE (California) drew backlash after said the bonuses companies are giving out following the tax law's passage are "crumbs."

Trump compared Pelosi's comments to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats worry negative images are defining White House Heller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll MORE calling his supporters "deplorables" during the 2016 campaign, while Vice President Pence said “If you’re going to say that $1,000 is crumbs, you live in a different world than I’m living in,”