Ryan’s tweet, which has since been deleted (see a screenshot below), praised a public high school secretary, Julia Ketchum in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, who told AP News that she received a $1.50 weekly pay raise—an extra $78 a year, which came as a surprise.
Ryan presumably saw this as a proud win for the GOP, which is why he tweeted, along with the article: “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.”
According to US News & World Report’s “Best Places” rankings, the average annual salary in Lancaster is $42,150. The median home price is $176,167, and the average monthly rent is $908. A Costco membership, the Gold Star package—the tier which provides the least benefits— costs $60 a year, which is presumably what Ketchum’s $78 annual raise can cover.
People on Twitter, including democratic lawmakers and their teams, quickly responded, noting that $1.50 a week—an extra $6 a month—isn’t something to brag about.
"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," the political team for Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., tweeted.
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.
He also doesn’t want you to know he got $500.000.00 from the Koch family. pic.twitter.com/ENXxASfAMP
— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) February 3, 2018
Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minnesota, responded, writing “Wells Fargo, fresh off of defrauding millions of Americans, gets $3.4 billion.”
Jess King, who is running for Congress in Pennsylvania's 16th district, tweeted in response, “@SpeakerRyan’s tax plan gives $3,000 a week to the top 0.1%, and gives our workers... $1.50 a week."