House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) wound up publicly humiliating himself on social media when he pitched a massive hissy fit about a fake poster he believed was from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announcing the recent expansion of the Child Tax Credit to millions of families that was part of the Biden Administration’s American Rescue Plan that passed Congress earlier this year.
“House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday accused the Internal Revenue Service of spending taxpayer money on a poster that was, in fact, created by a 19-year-old college student with an enthusiasm for public policy.”
The day after Child Tax Credit Awareness Day, Kevin McCarthy unveiled Child Tax Credit Unawareness Day.
— Don Moynihan (@donmoyn) June 23, 2021
McCarthy went on Facebook and expressed his anger over the fake poster, which he claimed was paid for with taxpayer money:
“Infuriating. The IRS is literally spending taxpayer money to advertise a government handout. This is welfare without work requirements.”
Actually, Kevin, it’s just you making a horse’s ass out of yourself.
It didn’t take long before social media reminded McCarthy that he should be more alert and not believe “fake news” so easily. One of those who responded was the young man, Tobin Stone, who created the poster:
So I managed to fool @GOPLeader yesterday apparently with the poster I made.
Also, government handouts that help end child poverty are good actually. pic.twitter.com/xV2uYf23HT
— Tobin Stone (@tobinjstone) June 23, 2021
What’s McCarthy complaining about? The government pays him and he apparently has no work requirement.
— WorldofWardcraft (@WWardcraft) June 23, 2021
Ah, yes, the pro-life, “but who will think of the children?” party is very upset about [checks notes] lifting children out of poverty.
— S (@Yes_Its_Me_S) June 24, 2021
— Mass Disturbance (@MassD) June 23, 2021
“This is welfare without work requirement” say GOP Rep about money for children.
LOL…put them kids to work, Kevin. Bout time they earned their handouts!
— webpageguy (@deuxloko) June 23, 2021
No need to be factual just enraged! GOP tactic explained!
— everett baker (@everettbaker15) June 24, 2021
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