Ted Cruz is jumping on the “stupid tweets about socialism” bandwagon in an attempt to attack 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, saying that people “line up for bread” under “socialism/communism.”
The video, which was originally tweeted by notorious Tea Party astroturf group FreedomWorks, shows Senator Sanders responding to a question about Donald Trump’s disastrous betrayal of our Kurdish allies in Syria while standing in front of some partially-empty shelves. Ted Cruz and FreedomWorks, a self-described “grassroots organization” founded by the Koch brothers, tried to pass this off as a grocery store. In fact, Sanders was visiting a Detroit food pantry for the poor.
The reality is that the U.S. has always had hungry people too poor to afford to put food on the table, many of whom have been forced to line up at places like this food pantry. According to Hunger Free America, around 15 million Americans suffer from food insecurity in the United States. Their situations worsen during economic recessions—the inevitable “bust” period of “boom-and-bust” capitalism. Everyone has seen photos of the actual bread lines from the Great Depression. Finally, Bernie Sanders isn’t a true socialist but rather supports a capitalist system with a more robust social safety net, similar to nearly every other wealthy nation on Earth.
These facts and more were pointed out to Ted Cruz several times over by the good people of Twitter.
That’s a food pantry in a capitalist country, genius. pic.twitter.com/dW2nOL08IJ
— Meghan McCain’s Tears™ (@Smedley_Butler) October 29, 2019
Bernie Sanders and Rashida Tlaib giving you a preview of socialism by showing you *looks down at notes* an empty food bank shelf that exists under a capitalism worshiping Republican administration— joe biden (zombie) (@knight69420) October 29, 2019
Growing up in the 80's, bread lines in communist countries were used to convince kids like me that capitalism=superior.— Anne Hilborn (@AnneWHilborn) October 29, 2019
I now work at a university food pantry. Graduate students line up for veggies, pasta, canned goods because under capitalism they aren't paid enough to live. https://t.co/qSO2cOh60M
Using a photo of an empty American bread line to warn of the dangers of full bread lines is so 2019.— Boshemia's Snark Side (@boshemia) October 30, 2019
it’s a food pantry in capitalist michigan you walking Cenobite origin story.
— Zeddy (@Zeddary) October 30, 2019
Grocery store in Denmark. They have Aldi and 7-Eleven as well. Average minimum wage is 20 dollars before pension benefits. Working class people get to buy this food! pic.twitter.com/IWuh5x1YC6
— Carol McRae (@crlmcrae) October 29, 2019
Just stop trying, Ted.