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Breitbart writer calls words engraved on the Statue of Liberty “socialist poetry”


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John Carney, a writer for the far-right American news website Breitbart, unknowingly called the sonnet engraved on the Statue of Liberty “socialist poetry.”

The sonnet, “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus is engraved on a bronze plaque and mounted onto the lower level of Statue of Liberty - a fact that John Carney is apparently not familiar with.

Recently, a Twitter user responded to one of Carney’s tweets with a line from Lazarus’s poem, quoting “give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

Carney replied by calling it “socialist poetry” and saying it has no “relevance to America’s immigration policy.”

The Statue of Liberty was intended to be both a symbol of freedom and a welcoming sight for immigrants coming to the country from abroad.

Twitter user, Matt Novak, was quick to point out Carney’s oblivious statement, calling him a “fucking dunderhead.”

Novak continued his commentary on the matter.

And others reacted. 

Novak's original tweet has been retweeted over 3,000 times and has over 10,000 likes. Carney's tweet had 4 likes at the time of writing.

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