Chelsea Clinton tried to take a swing at Republicans for “starving school children” on Twitter but inadvertently insulted the former first lady instead.
The daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton took to Twitter Wednesday in an attempt to make a political statement by commenting on “research” that children in school perform better and are more attentive in class when they are not hungry and eat nutritious food.
“Research again confirms kids pay more attention in class & better retain what they’re taught when they’re not hungry,” Clinton tweeted earlier this week.
Research again confirms kids pay more attention in class & better retain what they’re taught when they’re not hungry https://t.co/USnUyctStI
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) June 7, 2017
It didn’t take long for social media users to stumble across her embarrassing post and comment on how that “study” is not exactly new or enlightening information.
Clinton responded to her critics by posting a follow-up tweet the next day, clarifying her stance: “Sadly, many Republicans continue to argue against free school lunches & breakfasts & against nutritional support for families.”
Agreed. Sadly, many Republicans continue to argue against free school lunches & breakfasts & against nutritional support for families
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) June 8, 2017
What she failed to realize before taking aim at Republicans, is that former First Lady Michelle Obama was the one who overhauled the nation’s school lunch program while expanding the free and reduced lunch program.
It was later determined that Michelle Obama’s new school lunch standards, which were intended to promote healthy eating and combat childhood obesity, had been deemed ineffectual because students refused to eat the lunches, claiming they were unappetizing.
In fact, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced last month a rollback of Obama’s school lunch program implemented by the former first lady, citing the following reason:
“This announcement is the result of years of feedback from students, schools, and food service experts about the challenges they are facing in meeting the final regulations for school meals,” Perdue said in a statement. “If kids aren’t eating the food, and it’s ending up in the trash, they aren’t getting any nutrition — thus undermining the intent of the program.”
Twitter exploded with comments about Clinton’s apparent attack on Obama’s failed program, with several users pointing out her error in judgment.
So then you opposed @MichelleObama‘s school lunch program, which perpetually left kids hungry, correct?
— The Mental Recession (@rustyweiss74) June 7, 2017
Maybe you should talk to Michelle Obama about wasted school lunches before blaming Republicans
— OldManSaunders (@OldManSaunders) June 9, 2017
Umm this isn’t a republican thing . It was a Michelle Obama thing. You can’t be serious.
— Jodi Bentley (@BentleyJodi) June 10, 2017
Apparently you never saw an Obama School lunch. Under that brilliant idea, Children were fed like they were interned at Bergen Belson
— Bella Pelosi (@BellaPelosi) June 10, 2017
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