Sen. Gillibrand Cites Paid Leave, Child Care, and Caregiving as 'Infrastructure' U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand wears a protective mask as she walks through the U.S. Capitol on September 21, 2020. (Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)
By Nick Koutsobinas | Wednesday, 07 April 2021 04:50 PM
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand D-N.Y., kicked off a firestorm Wednesday, when she tweeted out, in light of President Biden's current infrastructure plan, that "Paid leave is infrastructure. Child care is infrastructure. Caregiving is infrastructure."
The tweet incurred a backlash from conservatives across the internet. Conservative pundit Ben Shapiro replied with an absurdist approach, "Unicorns are infrastructure. Love is infrastructure. Herpes is infrastructure. Everything is infrastructure."
Ben Domenech, publisher of The Federalist, replied, "Brunch is infrastructure. Kendall Jenner is infrastructure. The Snyder Cut is infrastructure."
Others, from the likes of Donald Trump Jr. to Illinois Rep. Mary Miller, continued to lambast the senator's tweet.
Rep. Miller tweeted: "Border walls are actually infrastructure."
Donald Trump Jr. tweeted: "I don't think any of those things are infrastructure, but you know what is??? THE WALL"
Even Sen. Ted Cruz tweeted out with a response of similar ilk pointing to absurdism.
"Abortion is infrastructure. Gun control is infrastructure. Forced unionization is infrastructure. Whatever the Left wants is infrastructure. You know what's not? Roads & bridges. ONLY 5% OF BIDEN's 'INFRASTRUCTURE' BILL IS ROADS & BRIDGES."
But it wasn't just conservatives who came out in response to Gillibrand's tweet. Former MSNBC host and liberal commentator Keith Olbermann mentioned the senator's use of the word 'infrastructure' was devaluing language.
"No, Senator. These are all vital needs. I would argue they are as important as nuts and bolts and grids and networks. But when you drain a word of it's meaning, you damage its impact, your cause, and the value of language."
Evolutionary behavioral scientist Gad Saad, had this to say:
"Exactly. Violent crime is climate change. Open borders is climate change. Defund the police is climate change. People menstruate is climate change. Voting fraud is climate change. [I'll retweet.]"
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, made an allusion to defending Sen. Gillibrand's position in a separate tweet.
"There was a time when railroads weren't considered "infrastructure." Then we built them. Now's the time to build the 21st century economy Americans need. #AmericanJobsPlan"
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