Paul Ryan staffer Caleb Smith was roasted after posting a text conversation about his 'buddy's tax return.


Paul Ryan staffer roasted after tweet about his ‘buddy’s tax return

'I am very convinced that this was a very real event.'


Kris Seavers


Posted on Mar 22, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 8:52 pm CDT

House Speaker Paul Ryan is still giddy over the Republican tax bill, and his team is working tirelessly to spread totally real taxpayer cheer.

Ryan’s digital communications director, Caleb Smith, tweeted a very peppy text conversation Thursday where a “buddy” of his shared the fortuitous news of his tax refund—and the internet was like “yeah, sure.”

The “buddy” thanked Smith for the tax wisdom he apparently bestowed “during pizza,” which is only the second weirdest turn of phrase included in the message (“thanks Trump?!” is the first). The ingratiating tone feels as authentic as President Donald Trump’s hair.

People torched the tweet.

The completely real, not at all made up story about tax reform is on par with Ryan’s continued mission to convince everyone that his tax bill is a good thing and definitely not measly short-term compensation in exchange for adverse consequences in the long run.

Last month, Ryan was dragged by the internet after he gleefully bragged that a woman’s weekly paycheck increased by $1.50—just enough to cover her Costco membership for the year.

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*First Published: Mar 22, 2018, 9:47 pm CDT