Ivanka Trump Credits Herself With Feeding the Hungry After Trump Admin Tried to Kick 700,000 Off Food Stamps
It’s a tale as old as time. Adult daughter of U.S. president gets a job she’s in no way qualified for working in the White House, seemingly thinking it‘ll boost her standing with the rich and powerful. Daughter’s father becomes one of the most hated people in the world thanks to his cruel, corrupt, outrageous executive decisions, like the one to separate babies from their parents and the other to do next to nothing about a disease that’s killed more than a quarter million people in the U.S. Daughter is sad. Not because of the hateful policies her father has implemented but because they make her look bad by association, so bad that she might not be invited to the Met ball again. Daughter finds article that seemingly paints her father in a positive light, if one is unaware of any of the context surrounding it. Daughter strangely does not provide said context but does suggest she and her father are basically living saints and should probably star together on the next cover of Altruism Monthly:
I’m incredibly proud to have worked w/ @SecretarySonny to ensure ALL Americans have access to nutritious, fresh food grown on small farms.
“SNAP recipients are patronizing farmers markets at record rates, thanks to USDA changes” - WaPo https://t.co/IEM3dL45Dk
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) December 4, 2020
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) December 4, 2020
Yes, that’s Ivanka Trump patting herself on the back for the news that changes at the Agriculture Department have led to more food-insecure people being able to redeem their SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits at farmers’ markets, where they’re able to access fresh fruit and vegetables. Which is of course an extremely good thing! No one’s going to argue with that! The Trump administration looks slightly less good, however, with knowledge a minor detail Ivanka failed to add, which is that it tried to strip approximately 700,000 people of their SNAP benefits in the midst of a global pandemic. And that the only reason it didn’t end up doing so was because a judge intervened to these sick ghouls back in October. That story also showed up in The Washington Post but the first daughter must have missed it or we’re sure she would have posted it so people could get the full picture:
A federal judge on Sunday formally struck down a Trump administration attempt to end food stamp benefits for nearly 700,000 unemployed people, blocking as “arbitrary and capricious” the first of three such planned measures to restrict the federal food safety net. In a scathing 67-page opinion, Chief U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell of D.C. condemned the Agriculture Department for failing to justify or even address the impact of the sweeping change on states, saying its shortcomings had been placed in stark relief amid the coronavirus pandemic, during which unemployment has quadrupled and rosters of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program have grown by more than 17 percent, with more than 6 million new enrollees.
The rule “at issue in this litigation radically and abruptly alters decades of regulatory practice, leaving States scrambling and exponentially increasing food insecurity for tens of thousands of Americans,” Howell wrote, adding that the Agriculture Department “has been icily silent about how many [adults] would have been denied SNAP benefits had the changes sought…been in effect while the pandemic rapidly spread across the country.” The judge concluded that the department’s “utter failure to address the issue renders the agency action arbitrary and capricious.”
In combination with two other proposed rules from the Trump administration, the moves would have reportedly taken away SNAP benefits from an estimated 3.7 million people in an average month, reduced benefits for millions more, and resulted in 982,000 students losing automatic access to free or reduced-price school meals. Just something to think about next time Mother Teresa–Trump wants credit for all the good she’s supposedly done.
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