Republican Congressman Jim Jordan of Ohio became the target of excessive online ridicule this past Monday, February 1, after tweeting out "paychecks are the best stimulus checks" in response to the ongoing pandemic stimulus negotiations.
Paychecks are the best stimulus checks.— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Rep. Jim Jordan)1612195829.0
The Biden administration has proposed a $1.9 trillion stimulus plan which many Republicans in Congress oppose.
Senate Republicans have proposed a plan less than a third of that size.
@Jim_Jordan So you're in favor of raising the minimum wage then? Wow this is huge news— Carl Allen (@Carl Allen)1612196175.0
@Jim_Jordan You have no plan. Thank God we now have a President who cares enough about Americans to make sure that… https://t.co/kmu5wZzIA7— Jo (@Jo)1612196404.0
Many online reminded Jordan that "paychecks" weren't an option for the many Americans out of work due to the virus.
@Jim_Jordan It's gerrymandering like this is why I hold you responsible for the 400,000 deaths by #COVID19.— David Weissman (@David Weissman)1612198205.0
@Jim_Jordan Think this one through Jimmy. In order to get everyone back to work we need to get schools open. To d… https://t.co/j7GjUKWv2u— Lise - NO UNITY WITHOUT JUSTICE!🇺🇸 (@Lise - NO UNITY WITHOUT JUSTICE!🇺🇸)1612196581.0
@Jim_Jordan How long did you wrestle with that one, Gym? 🤼 🚿— Social✽Fly (@Social✽Fly)1612198104.0
Others pointed out the role Jordan himself had in the prolongation of the virus which made these stimulus plans necessary.
@Jim_Jordan Countries, including most of Asia, that took the disease seriously, have been able to reopen. The coun… https://t.co/F6R1aeipBK— Mike - there's a great future in space lasers (@Mike - there's a great future in space lasers)1612196442.0
@Jim_Jordan Which is Jim's way of saying "cutting taxes for billionaires is way more important to me than putting m… https://t.co/6Q7X0BP1LO— Jeff Sites for Congress (@Jeff Sites for Congress)1612196021.0
@Jim_Jordan How do you think employees will get paychecks if you don't send relief checks to people during a recess… https://t.co/w9yLv1jb85— Pé (@Pé)1612196509.0
Jordan isn't going to make any new fans with his attempt at wit.
@Jim_Jordan An adequate response is the best response to a pandemic. You had no response.— David Taylor (@David Taylor)1612196547.0
@Jim_Jordan Actually, they're not. I receive a paycheck but after rent, electricity & car payment (which is a job… https://t.co/MvzcdXt8Tk— Heavy Metal June Cleaver🤘 (she/her) (@Heavy Metal June Cleaver🤘 (she/her))1612199406.0
Jordan's own paycheck was also on many Twitter users' minds.
@Jim_Jordan Competent adults make the best members of Congress, yet here you are.— Chicano Marine 🇲🇽🇺🇸🧩 (@Chicano Marine 🇲🇽🇺🇸🧩)1612228472.0
@Jim_Jordan When do you actually work?— John Pavlovitz (@John Pavlovitz)1612196250.0
@Jim_Jordan You deserve minimum wage.— theouterskyrim ☭ 🏴🚩💥 (@theouterskyrim ☭ 🏴🚩💥)1612219649.0
With many Americans suffering due to the economic fallout caused by the pandemic, many Americans need a lot more help from lawmakers than attempted jokes on Twitter.