In the GOP response to the Senator Joni ErnstÂ President’s State of the Union address, Sen. Joni Ernst lamented wearing bread bags over her shoes as a child. Here’s why she had to.
Freshman U.S. Senator Joni Ernst delivered theÂ Republican response to the President’s State of the Union address Tuesday night. The key takeaway from her speech seemed to be that her parents put plastic bread bags on her shoes when it rained to protect them (video below).
â€œYou see, growing up, I had only one good pair of shoes. So on rainy school days, my mom would slip plastic bread bags over them to keep them dry,â€ Ernst said. â€œBut I was never embarrassed. Because the school bus would be filled with rows and rows of young Iowans with bread bags slipped over their feet.â€
Senator Ernst, born in 1970, today is 44.Â
But growing up, she lived the vast majority of her life under Republican presidents, including Ronald Reagan, who raised taxes eleven times in seven of his eight years as president.
Sen. Ernst was born during the Nixon administration, started school under the FordÂ administration, had four years under the CarterÂ administration, and graduated high school under the ReaganÂ administration.
It’s a fact that did not go unnoticed.
“Joni Ernst Tells Tale Of Time Trickle-Down Economics Spilled All Over Her Shoes,” Karoli at Crooks & Liars noted last night.
And on Facebook, former NCRM contributor J. Rudy Flesher did the math:
Meanwhile, on Twitter, folks made the connection as well.
Joni Ernst was wearing those breadbags on her shoes when Reagan was president. #justsaying
â€” Jeff Strater (@jeffstrater) January 21, 2015
Joni Ernst makes me pine for the Reagan Era, when ketchup was a vegetable, bread bags were shoes, and Will Smith was the Fresh Prince.
â€” Chicago Man (@Iwanski) January 21, 2015
Joni Ernst likely wore bread bags over her shoes when Ronald Reagan was president http://t.co/lt52vnPpQ1
â€” Aaron Camp (@AaronApolloCamp) January 21, 2015
Interesting thing about Joni Ernst’s speech is given her age, the time period when she and her friends were poorest, Reagan was president
â€” LZ Granderson (@Locs_n_Laughs) January 21, 2015
“The only takeaway anyone should remember is Ernst’s affirmation that what Reagan and his league of conservatives… http://t.co/qCnHvgYqJH
â€” Tim Merrill (@timerrill) January 21, 2015
Jodi Ernst is only 44 which means she was wearing those bread bags on her shoes under the Reagan era. What a shocker. #SOTU
â€” LeoKapakos (@LeoKapakosNY) January 21, 2015
Ernst was born in 1970. That means the time she didn’t have shoes was probably under Ronald Reagan and trickle down economics.
â€” Maddie (@madisworldofpie) January 21, 2015
How did Joni Ernst grow up so tragically poor in Reagan’s America??? She was born in 1970.
â€” S.C. (@yelphets) January 21, 2015
Â And there were some interesting reactions on Twitter as well:
The right to put bread bags on your feet is the one act of control over a woman’s body that Joni Ernst won’t vote against.
â€” Frank Conniff (@FrankConniff) January 21, 2015
I just became aware that there is a new campaign “afoot!” lol… Bread bags for Joni! Send them to : Joni Ernst… http://t.co/SOTNg9jy28
â€” Maryellen Deckard (@emmydeckard) January 21, 2015
Ernst family pocketed over 460k in farm subsidies. Guess bread is metaphorical, bags of it. #sotu
â€” MJ Welch, B.Sc. (@Prairiewaif) January 21, 2015
As Ernst lauds virtues of plastic bags for shoes she opposes raising wages for a waitress in Iowa holding hers together w/duct tape. #SOTU
â€” Cathy Sherwin (@cathysherwin) January 21, 2015
Hi, Joni Ernst. We all put sandwich bags over our shoes. I did it too. It’s called “growing up in the 70s.” #SOTU
â€” Rebecca (@Rebecca_221B) January 21, 2015
Ms Ernst, poor Iowans having to wear bread bags over their single pair of shoes is a good argument for *raising* minimum wage.
â€” Matt Baldwin (@thisbrokenwheel) January 21, 2015
Did Joni Ernst just say it was OKAY that she slipped bread bags over her shoes? It’s not. Let’s fix income inequality and FIX THAT.
â€” Mara Hollander (@MaraAlyseGH) January 21, 2015
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QAnon Sends Death Threats to Gay Senator for Trying to Make Sex Laws Less LGBTQ-phobic
Democratic California State Senator Scott Wiener has received death threats from far-right supporters of the QAnon conspiracy theory after he introduced legislation to reform the state’s sex offender registry to be less queerphobic.
Right now, California law allows judges to refuse to list the full names of certain offenders from the sex offender registry if the judge finds a valid reason to do so—let’s say, for example, if an 18-year-old has sex with a 16-year-old. The rule only applies for offenders who have sex with minor ages 15 to 17 and it only applies to penis-in-vagina sex.
As such, in any cases involving digital penetration, anal or oral sex—sexual methods often used by LGBTQ people—the judge has no choice but to list the offender’s full name without exception.
Wiener wanted to change the law to include all types of sex, and that’s when the death threats started pouring in.
“You’re dead. Dead. Dead. Dead. I’ll publicly execute you. I’m gonna embarrass you. Pedophile,” one Instagram user wrote.
Another wrote, “I’ll come cut your head off and deliver it to your mom if you even considering introducing your ‘bill.’ Got it?”
Others messages were anti-Semitic or accused Weiner of being a child rapist. Because it’s against the law for elected officials to block users on social media, all of his social media channels have to remain open to such threats.
The QAnon conspiracy theory believes that the Trump administration will expose a top-secret international child sex trafficking network run by “deep state” senior Democrats who are determined to stop Trump at all costs. Its theories infamously led an armed gunman in 2017 to enter a gay-owned Washington D.C. pizza parlor, Comet Ping Pong, to investigate “Pizzagate,” the claim that the pizzeria had child sex slaves locked in its nonexistent basement.
QAnon conspiracy theorists have become more active during the COVID-19 lockdown and the runup to the November 3 presidential elections as many U.S. residents find themselves at home without jobs.
“Whether its QAnon or Russian troll farms, these are factories of false info designed to undermine democracy and public discourse, and also to send a message to elected officials that if you pursue unpopular progressive change to help marginalized groups like queer kids, ‘We’re going to target you,'” Weiner told Mother Jones.
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Tom Eckerle—a Republican road commissioner for Leelanau County, Michigan—is reportedly resigning after political pressure for repeatedly using the n-word, an anti-Black racist slur, to describe racial justice protestors.
Before a meeting of the road commission started last Tuesday, Eckerle was asked by a commission member why he wasn’t wearing a mask. He responded, “Well this whole thing is because of them (n-words) down in Detroit.”
When Bob Joyce, the commission’s chair, told Eckerle he couldn’t say that, Eckerle said, “I can say anything I want. Black Lives Matter has everything to do with taking the country away from us.”
Let’s be clear: the social aims listed on the Black Live Matters (BLM) website do not mention white people. According to its website, the BLM movement seeks to unite Black communities worldwide to oppose state-sanctioned violence and anti-Black racism while also create creating healing, empathetic communities free from prejudice.
When asked about his comments during a Thursday interview with Interlochen Public Radio, Eckerle said didn’t realize the public found out about his comments and said, “No, I don’t regret calling it an (n-word). A( n-word) is a (n-word) is a (n-word). That’s not a person whatsoever.”
Eckerle also told the Associated Press, “I’m not a racist. Black Lives Matter is racist. If I believed in Black Lives Matter, I would be racist. … Black Lives Matter has no heart. And that is as offensive to me as the N-word,” before saying the actual n-word again, just to make his point.
“If I could get a few people that, when they see a Black Lives Matter sign up, to think the N-word, I have accomplished what I’m after,” he added.
Eckerle was elected to his eight-year position in 2018. Of Leelanauhas County’s 21,700 residents about 90 percent are white. Black people are less than 1 percent of its population.
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This move, along with other recent “cost-saving” measures which have slowed down mail delivery and threatened to worsen the service, comes as an unprecedented wave of mail-in ballots are expected in the November presidential elections as voters avoid in-person polling stations to reduce possible COVID-19 exposure.
The USPS was already in financial trouble because of a 2006 law requiring it to pre-fund 75 years worth of retirement benefits — a $110 billion cost. Also, like many U.S. businesses, the epidemic significantly harmed the USPS. Many workers fell ill or began quarantining, causing USPS leaders to spend millions on personal protective equipment, plexiglass and social distancing equipment for offices while its reduced workforce began working overtime at increased pay to help continue services.
New measures instated by DeJoy ban employees from working overtime and making extra trips to deliver mail while reducing hours at different branches nationwide. The Friday memo also said the service would implement a hiring freeze, ask for voluntary retirements, and reduce its operating units and service regions.
These moves are allegedly meant to help the USPS stay financially solvent as it’s expected to run out of money anytime between March and October 2021, despite the recent approval of a $10 billion Treasury loan approved in the upcoming coronavirus relief package.
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People suspect Trump of deliberately sabotaging the USPS as a way to try and sway the upcoming November elections in his favor. Trump, who has repeatedly and falsely claimed that mail-in voting increases voting fraud, wants to deny the service billions in federal aid unless USPS quadruples its prices, something that would compel people to use USPS competitors.
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