Gohmert: Cutting Food Stamps Not Evil Because Poor People Buy King Crab Legs


They just can't stop themselves. When they're not doing their best to use that evil "big gubmit" to regulate women's vaginas, one of Republicans' favorite ways to spend their time is beating up on the poor -- as old "terror babies" Louie Gohmert decided to do on the floor of the House this Thursday afternoon.

Gohmert: Cutting food stamps not evil because poor people buy king crab legs:

Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) on Thursday denied it was “evil” for Republicans to want to cut food stamps because poor people used the program to purchase extravagant foods.

The Texas congressman complained that Democrats had portrayed Republicans as evil because they supported a measure to cut nearly 2 million low-income people off the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which would mainly impact working families with children.

On the other hand, Gohmert said, poor people were using food stamps to buy food that other Americans could not afford. He claimed his “broken-hearted” constituents had repeatedly told him they had seen people use food stamps to buy king crab legs.

“Because he does pay income tax, he doesn’t get more back than he pays in, he is actually helping pay for king crab legs when he can’t pay for them for himself,” Gohmert explained.

“How can you begrudge somebody who feels that way,” he added. “How can you begrudge anyone who steps up on behalf of constituents who feel that way. We don’t want anyone to go hungry, and from the amount of obesity in this country by people who we’re told do not have enough to eat, it does seem like we could have a debate about this issue without allegations about wanting to slap down or starve children.”

It seems Rep. Stockman's staffer isn't the only one who doesn't understand how someone could be on food stamps and that buying a bunch of cheap unhealthy food because that's all they can afford can lead to obesity.

And you'd think Republicans would be trying to come up with some new material by now, but it doesn't look like they're going to quit regurgitating St. Ronnie's "welfare queen" myth from now til eternity.

h/t Dave


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