Sisterhood is powerful AND compassionate: Feminists mock Joni Ernst for growing up poor
But the strangest and worst part of Ernst’s speech came when she started to tell viewers unrelated and weird stories of her childhood involving working the biscuit line at Hardee’s and how she learned not to waste from her mother, who would slip plastic bread bags over Ernst’s shoes on rainy days to protect them. This awkward bread bag shoe moment birthed a hilarious new meme in the same vein as Jennifer Lawrence’s Golden Globes dress from 2014.
Immediately after the words bread bag and shoes came out of Ernst’s mouth, Twitter blew up with photos of people putting bread bags over all different kinds of shoes as if creating a weird, unstylish new fashion fad. If Ernst’s mom made her wear bread bags over her one pair of good shoes, how did she secure them? With rubber bands? Double-sided tape? Neither of these ideas sounds great. But that’s besides the point. The meme was born, and now it roars louder that anything that Ernst said in her State of the Union response. I’m sure this isn’t the kind of attention Ernst was hoping to get in her first big speech to all of America.
Here’s the text of Ernst’s speech:
As a young girl, I plowed the fields of our family farm. I worked construction with my dad. To save for college, I worked the morning biscuit line at Hardees.
We were raised to live simply, not to waste. It was a lesson my mother taught me every rainy morning.
You 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.
But 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.
Our parents may not have had much, but they worked hard for what they did have.
Liberals care so much about the poor and the middle class.
Posted by Charlotte Allen