WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is telling gullible journalists that Republicans want to end school lunches, among other absurdities, and they’re reporting her claims as fact.
Warren recently called a conference with several journalists from mid-sized newspapers in her home state of Massachusetts, where the “progressive champion” and “possible standard-bearer against Republican President Donald Trump in 2020” laid it on thick.
According to the Herald News:
Describing the legislative climate in Washington, D.C., today, Warren cited a bill she said was introduced in the House recently to repeal a school lunch program dating to the 1960s.
“I really am left without words,” she said. “What impels people to say that we spend too much trying to help poor hungry children get fed?
“There was a time when I would have rolled my eyeballs, but not today, not with all that’s going on in Washington,” she said.
While Republicans have repeatedly called for scrapping onerous school food regulations imposed on schools through the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, Michelle Obama’s pet project, there appears to be no legislation currently under consideration in the 115th Congress to repeal the National School Lunch Program.
Tight restrictions on calories, fat, sugar, salt, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and other nutritional components went into effect in 2012 at the behest of former first lady Michelle Obama as a means of fighting childhood obesity through federal bureaucracy. The changes convinced more than 1.4 million students to quit eating the unappetizing school food, prompting hundreds of schools to drop the National School Lunch Program amid plummeting cafeteria sales.
Regulations that required students to take a fruit or vegetable, whether they want it or not, have also increased food waste from schools by about $1 billion annually.
House Resolution 610, introduced by Iowa Rep. Steve King in January, contains the “No Hungry Kids Act,” which “repeals a specified rule that established certain nutrition standards for the national school lunch and breakfast programs.”
The bill, currently in the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, would roll back many of the Michelle Obama inspired rules – a move supported by the School Nutrition Association – but would not repeal the National School Lunch Program.
The House Freedom Caucus in December also urged President Trump to work to repeal the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act within his first 100 days in office, but did not call for eliminating the NSLP, EAGnews reports.
Warren, of course, is not the only liberal leader to make bombastic claims and apocalyptic predictions since Trump took office.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, described the president’s recently proposed budget cuts as “the systematic deconstruction of the federal government,” The Hill reports.
Fox News’ Howard Kurtz also outlined how the media is helping to feed the anti-Trump, anti-Republican hysteria.
Kurtz pointed to headlines like “Massive cuts to the arts, science and the poor” in The Washington Post, “Trump Government Bloodletting” in The Huffington Post, and “Slash and Bird” – a reference to predicted doom for PBS’ Big Bird – on BuzzFeed.