# Why don't charges move transverse to an EM wave?

Image we have an ultra-high intensity, ultra low frequency laser, with wattage on the order of terawatts and a wavelength on the order of a lightsecond. We rotate it that the electric field component is oriented on the $\hat z$ axis, then fire it at a macroscopic block with a positive electric charge. Because of the low frequency the block will experience an electric that doesn't immediately change direction, and because of the high intensity the field will be very strong. So from this naive understanding of classical physics, the block will briefly levitate.

Except this blatantly contradicts both QM (Compton scattering) and multiple macroscopic experiments (like solar sails), which both say that the block will be pushed in the direction of the laser. What assumptions in the original problem are missing/wrong?

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