AOC Claims Her Family “Might’ve Just Starved” If Trump Food Stamp Changes Had Taken Place

Progressive lawmaker and social media star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter to speak out against the Trump admin’s new Food Stamp requirements plan.

AOC wrote:

My family relied on food stamps (EBT) when my dad died at 48.

I was a student. If this happened then, we might’ve just starved.

Now, many people will.

It’s shameful how the GOP works overtime to create freebies for the rich while dissolving lifelines of those who need it most.

Not everyone responded positively to AOC’s tweet.

The Heritage Foundation replied:

The rule applies to able-bodied adults between the ages of 18 and 49 who do not have dependents.

The rule wouldn’t apply to parents with minor children, the elderly, or disabled people.

Miss Lin replied:

Let me Educate you, IF YOU ARE A ABLE BODY THAT CAN WALK YOU NEED TO BE WORKING, Thanks to President @realDonaldTrump Jobs are PLENTY, , Now if you are Disabled or a Single Parent You will NOT BE CUT OF FOODSTAMPS

Phillip May replied:

The rule change affects single childless people who don’t have a disability. We currently have 3.6% unemployment. There is no reason to give able bodied people who are unwilling to work 20 hours a week food stamps

Per NBC, the Trump administration Wednesday formalized work requirements for recipients of food stamps, a move that will cause hundreds of thousands of people to lose access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Brandon Lipps, the deputy undersecretary for the USDA’s Food Nutrition and Consumer Services, spent about 18 minutes on a call with reporters outlining the changes to the rule that will take effect April 1.

“We’re taking action to reform our SNAP program in order to restore the dignity of work to a sizable segment of our population and be respectful of the taxpayers who fund the program,” Perdue said. “Americans are generous people who believe it is their responsibility to help their fellow citizens when they encounter a difficult stretch. That’s the commitment behind SNAP, but, like other welfare programs, it was never intended to be a way of life.”

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