During a Fox News interview Sunday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed that elected officials are likely "not smart enough" to understand President Donald Trump's tax returns if he released them.
It prompted members of Congress to strike back with a bet of their own.
"I’d be happy to take that bet. Try me," said Rep. Sean Casten (D-IL).
I’d be happy to take that bet. Try me. https://t.co/VAcWD1C2oz— Sean Casten (@Sean Casten) 1555268223.0
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) echoed the sentiment with his own smackdown.
"Maybe she's right because I don't understand why the @GOP tax law increased taxes on middle-class families in my district. Can you help me understand?" he asked, dripping with sarcasm.
To my friend Rep @SeanCasten, White House @PressSec Sarah Sanders thinks we are too stupid to understand taxes. May… https://t.co/IwY8ssjhtO— Ted Lieu (@Ted Lieu) 1555273284.0
"It turns out that when you cap the SALT deduction people’s taxes go up," Casten told Lieu. "Voters in #IL06 were smart enough to figure that out back in November. I bet they could help @presssec understand her boss’ taxes too."
Thanks @tedlieu. It turns out that when you cap the SALT deduction people’s taxes go up. Voters in #IL06 were sma… https://t.co/bWqZ1XIdBJ— Sean Casten (@Sean Casten) 1555274175.0
Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL) had her own take on the issue, saying that there are members of Congress who have a plethora of experience. She advised that firebombing members with her sneers aren't exactly the way to win friends and influence people.
"Let me remind @PressSec that WE have MA in Political Economy, we are doctors, lawyers, former CIA agents, former Mayors, scientists maybe it’s you who wouldn’t be able to explain? Either way using insulting comments are never a good way to begin this or any conversation," she tweeted Sunday.
Let me remind @PressSec that WE have MA in Political Economy, we are doctors, lawyers, former CIA agents, former Ma… https://t.co/8bsYXvrPjH— Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (@Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell) 1555264024.0
Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) agreed, noting that Sanders can hurl insults all she wants but that the president still is required to follow the law, just like every other person in the United States.
All the President’s men and women seem to share his fear of giving his tax returns to Congress, as the law requires… https://t.co/Rf9CwwHp1c— Rep. Don Beyer (@Rep. Don Beyer) 1555261598.0