Republican congressman Thomas Massie wondered aloud on Twitter last week whether Americans have a right to food, comparing such a right to Democratic calls for universal healthcare.
Massie, a Republican from Kentucky, posed the question on Twitter, seemingly in an attempt to combat criticism from Democrats of conservative lawmakers’ proposals to reform the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps, against a backdrop of Democrats, emboldened after the midterms, proposing that Medicare be made available to all Americans.
“How long until someone runs on the platform of #FoodStampsForAll?” Massie tweeted. “If healthcare is a right, is food as well?”
Massie’s tweet prompted thousands of Twitter users to respond. One replied, apparently in jest, “Next they’ll be demanding air.” Some replied applauding Massie for suggesting the idea of creating an universal food stamp program.
Others argued that Massie’s comments were hypocritical given that he is pro-life and puts his Christian faith front and center.