It’s been a full day now since CNN’s Jim Acosta decided to turn a White House briefing into a debate with senior adviser Stephen Miller over immigration, and the hot takes just keep on coming.
See, Acosta thought his performance was pretty impressive, even though he seemed to claim the only English speakers in the world live in Great Britain and Australia and thought the Emma Lazarus poem “The New Colossus” somehow had a bearing on immigration policy.
Miller reminded Acosta that the poem he quoted not only wasn’t legally binding; it wasn’t even part of the Statue of Liberty when it was erected, but added later as part of a fundraiser — a talking point he certainly picked up while he was reading white supremacist websites.
Not content to admit that Acosta got schooled, MSNBC managed to track down two historians who argued that separating the Statue of Liberty and “The New Colossus” was like separating the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Those historians will be glad to hear that their brilliant analysis was echoed by Arianna Huffington, who also wondered if America should just ignore amendments to the Constitution, since they too were added later.
Why does anyone pay attention to all those constitutional amendments — they were all added later.
— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) August 3, 2017
Why does anyone pay attention to Arianna Huffington?
This is a joke, right? https://t.co/f5BRWpcmaD
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) August 3, 2017
Is this some kind of sarcastic rejoinder? Has to be. https://t.co/PmPtXIemod
— rdbrewer (@rdbrewer4) August 3, 2017
Are you earnestly comparing constitutional amendments to a sign on a statue https://t.co/XHddJe7wCs
— Ashley Rae (@Communism_Kills) August 3, 2017
Is this really Arianna and did you really post this?
— Chris Tune (@crtune) August 3, 2017
We suspect she thinks she’s making a valid point.
because they're law? poems are not. https://t.co/XU1P1oVcm8
— xo (@sirensoIiIoquy) August 3, 2017
One is law. One is a poem.
We have officially lost our minds. https://t.co/nJmTpyX1OG
— EducatédHillbilly™ (@RobProvince) August 3, 2017
— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) August 3, 2017
Well, because unlike the POEM engraved on a STATUE, those are part of the CONSTITUTION, you moron.
— Ned Ryerson (@Crapplefratz) August 3, 2017
If you're not smart enough to understand the difference between a Constitutional Amendment and a poem, I can't help you.
— Taro Tsujimoto (@RCannon74) August 3, 2017
Because they were added by supermajorities of the states and in Congress to the U.S.‘s foundational legal document. https://t.co/eLhN5M5fCG
— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) August 3, 2017
I missed the part where 2/3 of the states ratified a poem. https://t.co/7H8ziVawmv
— DAMMIT JIM (@FaithNGuns) August 3, 2017
So… "America the Beautiful" officially defines the country's boundaries from sea to shining sea?
— Brad Cook (@bcook128) August 3, 2017
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Seriously? MSNBC’s Statue of Liberty poem hot takes get HISTORICALLY ridiculous https://t.co/7W2wnvtzht
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 3, 2017