White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders usually lies from behind a podium. But sometimes Twitter works just as well.
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?
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) October 22, 2017
Someone from within the Trump administration must have done some very creative math to produce this statistical gem. The White House has been pushing tax reform for weeks in a desperate attempt to prove that it (and its Republican Congress) are not totally inept. To be fair, this could be an attempt to give the average American taxpayer a break. It also could be a slimy way of framing reform designed to slash taxes of the wealthiest Americans while leaving the rest of us with next to nothing. Yeah, probably the second one.
Within minutes, Twitter was all over it, eviscerating the faulty arithmetic with simple analogies.
If I give 10 apples to one person and no apples to nine people, the average person has one apple.
Why are nine people mad at me? https://t.co/ezQWsReU6i
— Franklin Leonard (@franklinleonard) October 23, 2017
The apples breakdown is nice because it’s easy to understand. It’s also generous in assuming only 90 percent of Americans are getting screwed over. Some replies threw bigger numbers at Sanders as if she’s able of understanding a shred of actual logic.
If one person gets an $8 million tax cut and 999 get a $4000 tax increase then the average person gets a $4000 cut. Why are 999 opposed?
— Aaron E. Carroll (@aaronecarroll) October 23, 2017
Evoking the Koch brothers is always a nice touch, especially when half the administration is owned by ‘em.
did u know that if charles koch gets a $10,000,000 tax cut and i get nothing, we average a $5,000,000 tax cut https://t.co/sj1t63cFb4
— kev (@kept_simple) October 23, 2017
Or, like Ken Tremendous, you can come up with an original, family-friendly insult.
Person #1 gets $100,000
Persons #2-25 get jack shit
The average person got $4000
That's how, you disingenuous weenie https://t.co/f6WBYEgw7g
— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) October 23, 2017
Sometimes, it’s better to just cut through the bullshit. The spokesperson for the most powerful person on Earth is attempting to feed the public lies (again)? Might as well throw a little self-promotion into the mix.
Probably because you are lying.
— Adam Scott (@mradamscott) October 22, 2017
Sanders appears to be falling deeper into the web of lies she spins for her boss. With Sean Spicer, it seemed like that separation was clear as he bumbled through press conferences. With Sanders, the distinction gets murkier by the day.