Top Dems torched for misinformation crusade on Trump admin’s new SNAP rules

 Top Dems torched for misinformation crusade on Trump admin’s new SNAP rules
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Rep. Adam Schiff was raked over the coals for being a “liar” as he, like other Democrats, was accused of spreading false information about President Trump cutting food assistance to “millions” of Americans.

The California Democrat was blasted, along with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, for obviously not reading before tweeting, sounding the alarm over the Trump administration’s plan to make cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

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The proposal, announced on Wednesday, could affect the benefits for about 750,000 people as the administration imposes stricter rules on states that issue waivers to recipients in order to bypass the employment requirement. An article in The New York Times reporting on the “tightening work requirements for food stamps” was cited by Schiff in a tweet Thursday denouncing the administration plan while accusing Trump of “seeking to kick millions of families and children off food assistance.”

But, as in the impeachment inquiry hearings he led, the House Intelligence Committee chairman spun a narrative without the facts.

The Times report he linked to in his tweet was no pat-on-the-back for the president but did clearly lay out that 700,000 people – not “millions” – would be off the SNAP program under the administration’s new rules. And those recipients are not “families and children” as he complained but, according to the proposal, are “able-bodied” or not caring for a child under 6 years old.

According to the New York Times article:

Right now, in a state without a waiver, able-bodied adults without children cannot receive food stamps for more than three months during a 36-month period without working or participating in a work program. States can grant waivers to areas that have insufficient jobs or a 24-month average unemployment rate that is at least 20 percent above the national average.

Under the rule, effective April 1, 2020, an area eligible for a waiver would have to have a 24-month average unemployment rate that is not only 20 percent above the national average but also at least 6 percent.

Recent U.S. Department of Agriculture data showed that changes to the food stamp program and Trump’s economic policies reducing unemployment have led to 6.3 million people coming off of the government assistance program since February 2017.

Twitter users quickly schooled the Democrat and called him out for not even reading the article or the administration’s plan, which will take effect on April 1, 2020.

But Schiff is not the only Democrat spreading the “fake news.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took a moment out of her impeachment parade to slam the “cynical new rule” that, again, would allegedly take away benefits from “millions” of Americans.

Ocasio-Cortez was also torched on social media after claiming her family would have “just starved” if the proposed cuts were implemented when she was a child growing up in a family dependent on what was formerly known as “food stamps.”

“It’s shameful how the GOP works overtime to create freebies for the rich while dissolving lifelines of those who need it most,” the New York Democrat tweeted, accusing Republicans of catering to the rich.

A Republican candidate seeking a U.S. House seat from Illinois’ 14th Congressional District called out the freshman lawmaker in response, slamming her and her “radical, socialist crew.”

“Tax relief for hard working Americans is hardly a ‘freebie,’ Catalina Lauf, a 26-year-old legal immigrant from Guatemala whose father is a small business owner, wrote.

Other rebukes were also hurled at Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter for spreading “fake news.”

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