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Anti-tax advocate gets roasted on Twitter for terrible story about his daughter

Grover Norquist left out a few key details in his story.


Josh Katzowitz

Internet Culture

Published Jun 26, 2017   Updated May 23, 2021, 1:51 am CDT

Grover Norquist attempted to tell a simple story on Sunday that illustrates why he hates sales tax, but Twitter provided an alternate ending.

Norquist, a political advocate and founder of Americans for Tax Reform, has been dubbed “the dark wizard of the anti-tax cult.” He’s worked for decades to roll back taxes and is primarily responsible for the “Taxpayer Protection Pledge,” a pledge signed by many Republicans in Congress to not raise taxes.

To illustrate his frustrations with sales tax, Norquist told a story about his daughter trying to buy a guitar, her inability to do so, and why that would turn her into a GOP fan.

Twitter wasn’t having it.

You know it’s going to be a rough ride through the comment section when, as of Monday morning, more than 5,000 people responded vs. just 380 RTs and about 1,100 likes. Here are just a few examples that responders cited directly to Norquist.

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Grover Norquist

It wasn’t just Norquist’s spin on sales tax that upset Twitter. It was also his taste in guitars, and how that dirt-cheap price tag indicated an instrument that couldn’t have been made in the U.S.

Given the regularity of sales tax, some found Norquist’s story to be a parenting fail.

Either way, Grover Norquist’s daughter doesn’t have a guitar, and whether it’s because of sales taxes or because her dad didn’t tell her about sales taxes or because her dad wanted her to have this experience so he could wag his finger about sales taxes on social media, she’ll have to spend a little more time earning the money to pay for it. Hopefully, she’ll find value in that as well.

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*First Published: Jun 26, 2017, 10:08 am CDT