At BillOReilly.com, they’re mocking the MSNBC show “Disrupt with Karen Finney.” A clip from Saturday night’s show (first posted by National Review) is introduced this way: “As an MSNBC host nods approval like a bobblehead doll, Congresswoman Barbara Lee questions the faith of her GOP colleagues.”
It was a classic set of ultraliberal rants. Finney proclaimed, “If we're looking for programs where there are waste, fraud and abuse, how about Iraq and Afghanistan? How about canceled weapons programs? What is the obsession with taking away these programs that we know are effective in actually helping people get out of poverty rather than -- let’s look for waste, fraud, and abuse in some other places?” Then came Lee’s assault. (Video and transcript below)
BARBARA LEE: They [food stamp recipients] can take care of their kids and live the American Dream. SNAP helps people do that, so this was very mean, and as I said on the floor, many people on the other side who voted for this, they -- they’re people of faith and go to church on Sunday and they pray. Here on Thursday, what did they do? They moved to cut and take away food from hungry people.
Finney added an alleged papal endorsement of that insult: “And it did seem like the Pope would agree with you, that that was a bit mean-spirited.” This is a common “liberal reading” of the Pope’s most celebrated new interview. There was no actual quote from the Pope slamming House Republicans. Liberals constantly confuse calls to help the poor with calls to double down on the welfare state.