Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who wants to repeal healthcare for millions of people, also wants taxpayers to pay for his apartment. Twitter isn’t having it.
On Tuesday morning, Chaffetz — who is retiring from Congress — complained to The Hill that he was unable to afford an apartment in Washington, DC on his “handsome” (his words) $174,000 Congressional salary when also factoring in the mortgage he’s paying for his home in Utah and college tuition for his two kids.
“I think a $2,500 housing allowance would be appropriate and a real help to have at least a decent quality of life in Washington if you’re going to expect people to spend hundreds of nights a year here,” Chaffetz said. “There are dozens upon dozens of members living in their offices, and I don’t know how healthy that is long term.”
Of course, Rep. Chaffetz invited the wrath of the internet in making those comments, especially considering Chaffetz’s infamous remarks from earlier this year that people complaining about the high cost of healthcare should consider not buying the new iPhone in order to afford health insurance, despite iPhones costing way less than health insurance premiums and deductibles.
Twitter’s response to Chaffetz’s plea for a housing subsidy was particularly brutal, and Twitter users repeatedly pointed to the iPhone comment in ridiculing the soon-to-be ex-Congressman.
The answer to this one is easy. Jason Chaffetz can give up his iPhone and pay for his Washington DC housing. https://t.co/RCZZ69MocQ
— Helaine Olen (@helaineolen) June 27, 2017
Shot, chaser — Jason Chaffetz edition… pic.twitter.com/TAEyse5XEr
— Joshua Holland (@JoshuaHol) June 27, 2017
— jordan ???? (@JordanUhl) June 27, 2017
Maybe Chaffetz should just decide to not have an iPhone so he can pay rent in DC. https://t.co/Ipl5GvSJBF
— Jeff Swift (@swiftj) June 27, 2017
Maybe Jason Chaffetz should hold off on buying that new iPhone and invest in his own housing. https://t.co/keIZq99b1D
— Martha (@marthamatical) June 27, 2017
Maybe Chaffetz just needs to choose between living in DC and that new iPhone he loves so much. https://t.co/pWrjz9BSPh
— OhNoSheTwitnt ????️???? (@OhNoSheTwitnt) June 27, 2017
Others pointed out how out-of-touch Chaffetz’s remarks were, considering that most Americans pay a disproportionate amount of their income just to cover rent for one apartment, let alone two. As ResistanceReport.com reported in April, even a standard one-bedroom apartment is too expensive for minimum wage workers in nearly state, when taking into account that paying more than 30 percent of one’s income on rent puts tenants in a precarious economic position.
Chaffetz has some nerve saying Congress deserves a housing stipend while everyone else in America pays 50% or more of their income on rent.
— Jerry Bird (@BostonJerry) June 27, 2017
Jason Chaffetz is worth $600,000 and wants a $2,500 stipend, even as he votes to kill people by taking away subsidized health care? fuck him pic.twitter.com/tQERQxrHbL
— DaisyRubinsMom (@daisyrubinsmom) June 27, 2017
Federal legislators pull a six-figure salary and get the best health insurance taxpayer money can buy.
Jason Chaffetz can go fuck himself. https://t.co/OftdVcqafi
— Kara Calavera (@KaraCalavera) June 27, 2017
Kevin Wallace is a journalist with five years’ experience in print and digital media, and covers politics, media, and culture for the Resistance Report. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.