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.”
Liberal logic: give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.— AKULTRA (@AdamKingXV) July 25, 2017
Socialist poetry, actually. Not sure why you think that poem--or any poem--has relevance to America's immigration policy. https://t.co/lNftdcVQWd— John Carney (@carney) July 25, 2017
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.”
It's literally on the Statue of Liberty you fucking dunderhead. pic.twitter.com/JbDmVeTpQf— Matt Novak (@paleofuture) July 25, 2017
Novak continued his commentary on the matter.
*says uncontroversial, quintessentially American thing*— Matt Novak (@paleofuture) July 25, 2017
Breitbart: What does that have to do with America?
Wait, it gets even better... pic.twitter.com/ZXorLULKOa— Matt Novak (@paleofuture) July 26, 2017
Area Breitbart Writer Still Confused Why Landmark Near Ellis Island Became Symbol of Hope to Immigrants https://t.co/jF6vKibfL0— Matt Novak (@paleofuture) July 26, 2017
And others reacted.
John Carney: "Not sure why you think that statue has relevance to America."— Bas van der Veen (@Basvanderveen) July 25, 2017
me reading that tweet pic.twitter.com/BHOiikTX14— Pastor Deke Gozinia (@DetroitQSpider) July 26, 2017
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.
Wow, just wow!! Someone should ask this guy if ignorance truly is bliss.— Pitchinafit (@Pitchinafit1) July 25, 2017