Liberal Icon Keith Olbermann Mocks Joni Ernst for Growing Up Poor

Joni Ernst SOTU response
Liberal icon and current ESPN host Keith Olbermann took to Twitter Wednesday night to callously mock Sen. Joni Ernst for her growing up in a poor working family in Red Oak, Iowa.

Ernst spoke of her childhood when she gave the Republican response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address:

“As a young girl, I plowed the fields of our family farm. I worked construction with my dad. To save for college, I worked the morning biscuit line at Hardees.

“We were raised to live simply, not to waste. It was a lesson my mother taught me every rainy morning.

“You see, growing up, I had only one good pair of shoes. So on rainy school days, my mom would slip plastic bread bags over them to keep them dry.

“But I was never embarrassed. Because the school bus would be filled with rows and rows of young Iowans with bread bags slipped over their feet.

“Our parents may not have had much, but they worked hard for what they did have.”

…” We know America faces big challenges. But history has shown there’s nothing our nation, and our people, can’t accomplish.

“Just look at my parents and grandparents.

“They had very little to call their own except the sweat on their brow and the dirt on their hands. But they worked, they sacrificed, and they dreamed big dreams for their children and grandchildren.

“And because they did, an ordinary Iowan like me has had some truly extraordinary opportunities because they showed me that you don’t need to come from wealth or privilege to make a difference. You just need the freedom to dream big, and a whole lot of hard work.”

Olbermann fired off ten tweets in a row mocking Ersnt after her speech, some with the hashtag #SOTUresponse, cribbed from the Monty Python sketch The Four Yorkshiremen.

“Of course, we had it tough. We lived for three months in a paper bag in a septic tank. We used to have to get up at six in the morning…”

“We used to have to get up at six in the morning, clean the paper bag, eat a crust of stale bread, go to work down t’ mill, fourteen hours…”

“And when we got home our Dad would thrash us to sleep wi’ his belt. #SOTUresponse”

“Luxury. We used to have to get out of the lake at six o’clock in the morning, clean the lake, eat a handful of hot gravel, work 20 hours…”

“…come home, and Dad would thrash us to sleep with a broken bottle — if we were lucky! #SOTUresponse”

“I had to get up in the morning at ten o’clock at night half an hour before I went to bed, drink a cup of sulphuric acid, work 29 hours a day”

“…And pay mill owner for permission to come to work, and when we got home, our Dad and our mother would kill us… #SOTUresponse”

“and dance about on our graves singing Hallelujah. And you try and tell the young people of today that they won’t believe you #SOTUresponse”

“Thank you for listening and keep your feet wrapped. #SOTUresponse”

“Just in case anybody missed the #SOTUresponse tweets, they were of course from Monty Python’s sketch “The Yorkshiremen” #WeHadItTough”

Olbermann’s line, “Thank you for listening and keep your feet wrapped,” came from his own impoverished mind.

Olbermann grew up in comfort in a rich, lily-white town of Hastings-on-Hudson in Westchester County, New York, according to Wikipedia.

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