Trump's White House Asked Americans What They'd Do With a Raise. It Backfired

Chris Riotta
Trump's White House Asked Americans What They'd Do With a Raise. It Backfired

President Donald Trump's White House called on Twitter users to let it know what they’d do with a $4,000 raise, with Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders promising to should out the answers during her daily briefing Monday afternoon. The White House should have known what sort of responses to expect.

"What would your family do w/ a $4,000 raise from the President’s tax cut plan?" Sanders tweeted Sunday. “REPLY & I’ll share your family’s story in the press briefing."

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The tweet came as the administration is trying to drive up support for an overhaul to the American tax system that would provide big tax breaks to corporations, such as lowering their tax rate to 20 percent from 35 percent. Doing so, the White House says, would boost the average American family’s annual income by $4,000.

That effect wouldn’t be felt for at least eight years, however—families would instead see closer to a $500 annual raise in the near term, according to Trump's own economic advisers—and it isn't clear how the plan will affect lower-income Americans. But Twitter users decided to play along anyway, and boy did they deliver.

Many of the respondees said they'd donate $4,000 to whoever runs against Trump in 2020:

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Others said they'd support progressive causes and organizations (one of which got the memo):

As one lawmaker pointed out, Americans would likely use that money to pay other taxes that would increase due to the plan:

Many users pointed out the money would go toward health care costs, which are also going up for millions of people:

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The White House was reminded of Puerto Rico, and the need for continued awareness and relief efforts:

Whatever they end up doing, it won’t be nearly as fun as what the top one percent would get with its tax breaks.

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