NOW official caught on video wearing bread bags to mock Joni Ernst gets a reality check

The secretary of the Florida chapter of the National Organization for Women was captured on video wearing plastic bags over her feet in an attempt to mock U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa.

Ernst has been a target of ridicule from the left since giving the Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union address — she noted in her remarks how she was so poor growing up that her mom would slip “bread bags” over her shoes to protect them from the weather.

And the mockery has been relentless. Apparently the left finds being poor hilarious, assuming you’re a Republican. In reality, it likely has more to do with Ernst being a pro-life conservative woman than it does with bread bags.

This is where Florida NOW’s Bonni Axler, who appears to have little grasp of being so poor that you may only have a single pair of shoes — or occasionally miss a meal — enters the picture.

Axler was at an event in Tampa over the weekend commemorating the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade to “celebrates choice” — see abortion — and was only too happy to share that the Ernst family farm received government subsidies between 1995 and 2009, Campus Reform reported.

That an organization which claims to represent women would go after Ernst in such a manner did not escape the notice of social media users. Here are a few samples of the responses:

Fox News host Monica Crowley tweeted a link to a “powerful column” by Megan McArdle, titled “When Bread Bags Weren’t Funny.”

McArdle noted that, from one generation to the next, “so many goods have gotten so much more abundant.”

“In every generation, we forget how much poorer we used to be, and then we forget that we have forgotten, she wrote. “We focus on the things that seem funny or monstrous or quaint and darling. Somehow the simplest and most important fact — the immense differences between their living standards and ours — slides right past our eye. And when Ernst tried to remind us, people didn’t say ‘Wow, we’ve really come a long way’; they pointed and laughed.”

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Tom Tillison


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