Fox News Guest Claims Food Stamp Recipients Are ‘Watching Porn’ Instead Of Working
During an appearance on Fox News, Star Parker, a conservative political activist, claimed people who receive food stamps are too busy “watching porn” to go out and get jobs.
“These guys are not working, they’re watching,” Parker said. “They’re watching porn, they’re watching women, they’re watching TV, they’re watching everything, but they’re not working.”
Shaming people who use the federal government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program is helpful, she added, claiming— falsely —that SNAP is more like a “debit card” than actual food stamps.
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) January 2, 2019
Parker, who in 2010 was the unsuccessful Republican nominee for the United States House of Representatives in California’s 37th District, is a vocal supporter of welfare reforms, likening the current welfare system to a government plantation.
A self-described “former welfare mother” herself, she is the author of Uncle Sam’s Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America’s Poor and What You Can Do About It, which posits that “Uncle Sam has developed a sophisticated poverty plantation, operated by a federal government, overseen by bureaucrats, protected by media elite, and financed by the taxpayers. The only difference between this plantation and the slave plantations of the antebellum South is perception.”
Parker supported President Donald Trump’s push to expand work requirements for those on welfare. In April 2018, the president signed the Reducing Poverty in America by Promoting Opportunity and Economic Mobility executive order, which calls on federal agencies to enforce current work requirements and propose tougher ones. The move is considered a boon for conservative advocates like Parker, who have suggested cutting welfare programs altogether.