Sarah Huckabee Sanders doesn't have an easy job. As the White House Press Secretary, it's literally her job to act as the spokesperson for the executive branch of the U.S. government. Like, the whole executive branch. Even that one guy. It can't be easy to stand up on an almost daily basis and defend the president's crazed and hyperbolic tweets.
But earlier this week, Sanders was in hot water for a tweet of her own. It contained a convenient misunderstanding of one of the world's handiest tools: math.
A recent tweet from Sarah Huckabee Sanders seems to show that she may not have the firmest grasp on how mathematics work.
via: GettyAnd that's not the worst thing in the world. Not everyone can know everything. Sanders' days are already pretty full. But this time, her misunderstanding of math has a real effect on many Americans' lives.
On Sunday, Sanders tweeted the following:
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?— Kayleigh McEnany (@Kayleigh McEnany)1508715477.0
There's just one problem. That's not how averages work.
Before everyone goes & cashes their $4000 "raise", maybe @PressSec could explain how averages work. 80% to top 1%.… https://t.co/LxuiLOkkKG— Andy Slavitt @ 🏡🇺🇸 (@Andy Slavitt @ 🏡🇺🇸)1508733557.0
Luckily for Sanders, the Internet was ready to give her a quick math lesson.
If I give 10 apples to one person and no apples to nine people, the average person has one apple. Why are nine pe… https://t.co/oRyAU7Uhbh— Franklin Leonard (@Franklin Leonard)1508717623.0
Here's another handy breakdown of the numbers.
When 1 family gets a $5 million tax cut and 999 families each pay $1,000 more in taxes, those families are also ave… https://t.co/AieNT3ZxP0— Amy McGrath (@Amy McGrath)1508784935.0
She doubled down on the $4,000 amount and asked people what they would do with that money (which, again, they would not actually ever get).
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— Kayleigh McEnany (@Kayleigh McEnany)1508721214.0
This person had the right idea:
@PressSec I’d donate the $4000 to @PPact, @ACLU, @WAGV, @hrc, @MomsDemand, @Impeach_D_Trump @funder all in your honor, @PressSec— Julie Silver (@Julie Silver)1508854038.0