The panel of MSNBC Live With Stephanie Ruhle took a brief time-out on Wednesday from speculating about White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to take a few lazy swings at the President’s new budget proposal for the SNAP food assistance program. The proposed policy would function similarly to services like Blue Apron, with beneficiaries receiving packages of pre-selected nutritious food items. It would also reduce the current program’s budget by 30%.
Princeton Professor Eddie Glaude argued that the proposed changes to SNAP were motivated by assumptions of fraud, which is likely true to some extent. He then concluded that such a policy was “all out war on the poor.”
Host Stephanie Ruhle, evidently reluctant to exclude General Kelly from the segment entirely, interjected, “John Kelly says immigrants are lazy, don’t want to get off the couch.” It is unclear whether Ruhle was conflating immigrants with the poor, or if the comment was simply a red herring.
Stephens analyzed the optics of the plan, which he determined were “terrible.” Noting that the White House’s preliminary budget is often a “show piece budget of the President’s priorities” that has little chance of passing in its initial form,
Glaude suspected he had the answer: “Because this is a testimony to what their priorities are.” This proposal, he reminded the panel, had come from a President who had run on a platform of “representing working people.”
"The candidate that claimed he was going to be representing working people, left behind white working class folks, really doesn’t give a damn about them. He really doesn’t care at all.
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