Sen. Luann Ridgeway still believes in welfare queens

Welfare queens don’t exist. Most informed adults have come to accept — along with the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny — that the welfare queen (a term coined by Ronald Reagan in a 1976 presidential campaign speech) is a big ol’ myth.

But a recent investigation of welfare recipients, conducted by reporter Chris Nagus of St. Louis KMOV Channel 4, has Missouri Sen. Luann Ridgeway (R-Smithville) all hot and bothered. In a press release, she doesn’t use the term “welfare queen” straight up, but her description of what she imagines is happening to the state’s welfare dollars isn’t that far from the fictional stereotype.

Let’s take a journey through Ridgeway’s nonsensical diatribe, shall we?

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