Feminist activist wears plastic bags on shoes to mock Joni Ernst — and fails bigtime (Video)

Feminist activist wears plastic bags on shoes to mock Joni Ernst — and fails bigtime (Video)

“While attending a pro-abortion celebration this past weekend,” notes Campus Reform, “the secretary for Florida’s National Organization for Women chapter was caught wearing plastic bags over her shoes in an attempt to mock Sen. Joni Ernst (R).”

The joke, in case you missed it, was that newly elected senator from Iowa — the state’s first female to serve in either house — in her GOP response to the State of the Union recalled wearing plastic bags over her shoes as a child. Her explanation, which can be viewed in the opening portion of the video below, follows:

Growing up, I had only one good pair of shoes. So on rainy school days, my mom would slip bread bags over them to keep them dry. But I was never embarrassed.

Beginning at around 0:31, Bonni Axler, the NOW officer in question, attempts to debunk Ernst’s account, claiming that “her farm received $460,000 worth of farm subsidies from the government. So she was poor?” Axler asks snidely.

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Axler’s challenge is based ultimately on a distortion of the facts first presented at the District Sentinel, a liberal website:

The truth about her family’s farm roots and living within one’s means, however, is … complex. Relatives of Ernst (nee: Culver), based in Red Oak, Iowa (population: 5,568) have received over $460,000 in farm subsidies between 1995 and 2009.

For starters, it should be noted that Joni Kay Culver (later Ernst) was born in 1970. In 1995, the year of the first subsidy payment, she was already an adult, aged 25, and living independently. This hardly casts doubt on her claims of an impoverished childhood.

Notice, moreover, that the giant lump sum that Axler drools over was doled out in installments over a 14-year span (1995 to 2009). If you divide $460,000 by 14, you get $32,857.14 — not exactly a king’s ransom. And even then, the amount was distributed among three relatives: Ernst’s father, her brother, and her great-grandfather. If you divide the annual sum by 3, you end up with $10,952.38.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.