Minnesota tea partiers compare poor people to wild animals
This is the mental framework some Minnesota conservatives use when thinking about poor people.
In a post published on their blog by a site administrator last weekend, the Central Minnesota Tea Party broke out one of Rep. Mary Franson's greatest hits.
Franson, you might recall, got herself in trouble in early 2012 when she compared government distribution of food stamps to people feeding wild animals at a park. As criticism flooded in, she quickly apologized, but she appeared to double-down on her original stance the following summer when she addressed the controversy during a tea party rally and said, "We have to get backbones, you guys."
In their post, the Minnesota tea partiers pretty much recite what Franson said verbatim (the poor people-wild animal comparison has actually been a popular bit among right-wingers for a while). But as Bluestem Prairie's Sally Jo Sorensen puts it, they do so with an "anti-Muslim garnish."
Here's the entire post:
Central Minnesota Tea Party Blog
It's a little disappointing, to be honest. After all, couldn't the tea partiers have found a way to mix some homophobia in there for good measure?
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss City Pages' biggest stories.