Today, House Speaker Paul Ryan began a concerted effort to sell his appalling “Trumpcare” plan to his own party members at his weekly press conference.
After months of lies about the effectiveness of the Affordable Care Act, Ryan rolled up his sleeves and brought out the big guns – a PowerPoint presentation:
— Laurie Brown (@brolaurie) March 9, 2017
Naturally, Twitter immediately erupted in a wave of scorn and derision at Ryan’s pitiful attempts to smear lipstick on the gluttonous snout of his $600 billion tax break for the wealthy masquerading as a healthcare plan:
— Keith Ellison (@keithellison) March 9, 2017
Only been watching this Paul Ryan PowerPoint presentation for 2 minutes, and I can already tell it'll be an even more hilarious SNL skit.
— BCP (@b_c_p_source) March 9, 2017
I hope Paul Ryan has some snazzy clip art for this powerpoint presentation: "Here's a giant elephant literally fucking the poor, next slide"
— Dan Przygoda (@dprzygoda) March 9, 2017
Paul Ryan doing a Powerpoint for more than 4 minutes is literally all he needs to maintain his DC pundit wonk cred for the next 14 years
— Jack Mirkinson (@jackmirkinson) March 9, 2017
Apparently Republicans love Paul Ryan because he uses PowerPoint presentations. What does Mitch McConnell use, Etch a Sketch?
— LostinBA (@Emilylharrison) January 25, 2017
— Julie DiCaro (@JulieDiCaro) March 9, 2017
Paul Ryan’s PowerPoint was just a platform for him to repeat the same old Republican lies about Obamacare and peddle his Ayn Randian screw-the-poor philosophy to the still unconvinced Tea Partiers.
As opposition mounts from Democrats, healthcare professionals, and radicals within his own party, Ryan and Trump are going to have to do more than give a fifth-grade social studies presentation to sell this bill.
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.