GOP Senator Says She Wore 'Bread Bags' on Her Feet to School & Twitter Goes Wild

Newly elected Republican Senator Joni Ernst from Iowa had the honor of delivering the GOP rebuttal to President Obama's State of the Union address last night. This was Ernst's shining moment -- an opportunity for her to really come out, represent her party, introduce herself to the nation, and tell us what she stands for. And she did. Ernst more or less touched upon every single hot topic the country faces -- from tearing down trade barriers to sell more American products overseas to the Keystone Pipeline to terrorism. But there were only two words most people heard toward the very beginning of her speech: "bread bag." And, with that, Twitter exploded and dozens of mocking memes were born.

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Ernst chose to focus on the fact that she is from very humble beginnings and that her family was so poor they couldn't afford to purchase more than one pair of shoes for her. Or as she put it:

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.

This story could be 100 percent accurate -- I'm not in a position to say anything otherwise. The thing that made so many critical of her afterward wasn't her tale of poverty and her obvious attempt to seem relatable (she isn't the first elected official and won't be the last to do that), it was her inability to deliver content without sounding like a sedated robot. Or to focus on a few important topics and really bring them home.

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Honestly, the entire speech was sloppy soup.

But, hey, she did become Mrs. Popularity for the night, which is worth something. Here's just one of the many memes to emerge from what we're pretty sure was the first "bread bags" speech in American history:

In case you missed it, here's Ernst's rebuttal. The comments that made everyone wild appear around minute 1:50:

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