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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Sunday asked Twitter users what they would do with money President Donald Trump’s administration believes the “average” American family would save under his tax plan–and the responses were brutal.
“The average American family would get a $4,000 raise under the President’s tax cut plan. So how could any member of Congress be against it?” Sanders wrote in a series of tweets. “What would your family do w/ a $4,000 raise from the President’s tax cut plan? REPLY & I’ll share your family’s story in the press briefing. Do you stand w/ the Democrats for higher taxes & bigger government? Or w/ @POTUS for lower taxes & thousands more $$$ in take home pay?”
What would your family do w/ a $4,000 raise from the President’s tax cut plan? REPLY & I’ll share your family’s story in the press briefing— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) October 23, 2017
Some people were quick to point out that the suggestion that every “average American family” would be receiving $4,000 was misleading. According to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, cutting the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent would mostly help people who made at least $465,626 annually.
But other people played along with the idea that a magical $4,000 check would land in their laps. As one Twitter user put it, “this isn’t gonna go well for you, Sarah.”
They were right.
I’d buy a unicorn, since that’s about as real as the $4,000 raise you keep lying about https://t.co/DnPwJwkUfR— Mr String Gianella (@MikeGianella) October 23, 2017
Pay 2/3 of my 2018 health insurance premium increase, or maybe afford to pay interest-only on my student loans for the year. Thank’s sarah; https://t.co/gjnlt9apfC— Adam Weinstein (@AdamWeinstein) October 23, 2017
A time machine. https://t.co/8N6LjVM1h3— Andy Schwartz (@AndySchwartz12) October 23, 2017
Build a bomb shelter. https://t.co/NUzvFnGf76— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) October 23, 2017
I’d use it on a trip to DC to participate in anti-trump protests. https://t.co/mRHOlJqmuC— Arya Snark (@peskysnowflake) October 23, 2017
I would donate it you, in hopes that it would be enough to buy your soul back from the devil. https://t.co/asxtzxuI7e— Mark Schweitzer (@MarkSchweitzer) October 23, 2017
Buy a lie detector test and put your entire administration through it https://t.co/uMVXCyCYKy— Liz Plank (@feministabulous) October 23, 2017
I’d buy 445 meatball sandwiches https://t.co/aQ7ssxbQxL— Zoo With Roy (@zoowithroy) October 23, 2017
Donate to Planned Parenthood! Buy Hamilton tickets! Distribute copies of Handmaid's Tale & 1984 to teens! https://t.co/kXaQEpLbRM— Faith Salie (@Faith_Salie) October 23, 2017
We’d hire a statistics tutor to teach us the distinction between the mean and the median. https://t.co/m05jmjnAcg— Seth Masket (@smotus) October 23, 2017
Somehow, it doesn’t seem likely Sanders will be sharing any of those ideas during the next press briefing.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).