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 SchultzDemocrats fume over silence from DeSantis on Florida election Democrats warn Waters censure move opens floodgates Lawmakers react to guilty verdict in Chauvin murder trial: 'Our work is far from done' 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 MeadowsBoehner finally calls it as he sees it Stephen Miller launching group to challenge Democrats' policies through lawsuits A year with the coronavirus: How we got here 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 TrumpVirginia GOP gubernatorial nominee acknowledges Biden was 'legitimately' elected Biden meets with DACA recipients on immigration reform Overnight Health Care: States begin lifting mask mandates after new CDC guidance | Walmart, Trader Joe's will no longer require customers to wear masks | CDC finds Pfizer, Moderna vaccines 94 percent effective in health workers 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.