White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders launched into her first press briefing Monday since early morning reports about Special Counsel Robert Mueller indictments with a convoluted story about — taxes? "I want to start the briefing today by addressing a topic I know all of you are preparing to ask me about," joked Sanders, "and that's tax reform."
In order to explain why tax reform is needed, Sanders gave an almost word-for-word recitation of a viral email forward that has been circulating since at least 2011. "Suppose that every day, 10 people — for our purposes, we'll say 'reporters' — go out for beer, and the bill for all 10 comes to $100," she began. "If these 10 reporters paid their tab every night the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this: The first four, the poorest, would pay nothing. The fifth would pay $1. The sixth would pay $3. The seventh would pay $7. The eighth would pay … "
Sanders quickly lost everyone:
The funniest part of Sarah Huckabee Sander's anecdote is the idea of 10 reporters only drinking $100 worth of beer.
— Ali Watkins (@AliWatkins) October 30, 2017
Sanders, sounding like America's worst math teacher, is reading a very convoluted tax parable about reporters drinking in a bar.
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) October 30, 2017
REPORTERS DONT LEAVE THE BAR ASKING EACH OTHER ABOUT THE BILL
— Asawin Suebsaeng (@swin24) October 30, 2017
Tax reform was confusing before, but now, after hearing Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ story about reporters, it all makes sense to me.
— Amanda Terkel (@aterkel) October 30, 2017
is Sarah Sanders reading…..an email forward from my elderly uncle?
— Tom Namako (@TomNamako) October 30, 2017
Watch the whole thing below. Jeva Lange
Here's that whole anecdote from Sarah Huckabee-Sanders that, to my ear, sounded like an email your relative would forward you pic.twitter.com/y3ZpW855Jy
— Colin Jones (@colinjones) October 30, 2017