Amy Schumer has publicly expressed her feelings about Donald Trump quite often. Not only did her comments during a stand-up show in Florida cause a mass exodus, but she subsequently stood by her words and addressed the walkout with additional jokes and jabs. Which why her latest contribution to the political discourse, which comes in the form of a lengthy Instagram rant, comes as no surprise. What is surprising, however, is her unfortunate use of a debunked quote falsely attributed to the president-elect to point how just how misinformed his supporters are.
“I am horrified that people believed these bumper sticker slogans filled with hate,” she wrote. “People who voted for him… are not just misinformed. You didn’t even attempt information. You say lock her up and you know something about the word email but what was in the emails? You have no clue.”
Schumer went on to note investigators found “nothing incriminating” in Hillary Clinton’s emails, and praise her for “[dedicating] her entire life to public service and got our children Heath care and education without discrimination.” Meanwhile, she reminded her readers Trump “didn’t pay his workers,” “started a fake college,” “ripped people off,” “never paid his taxes” and allegedly “sexually assaulted women.”
First of all the interview where I said I would move was in London and was said in jest. Not that anyone needs more than a headline to count something as official news. Anyone saying pack your bags is just as disgusting as anyone who voted for this racist homophobic openly disrespectful woman abuser. Like the rest of us I am grieving today. My heart is in a million pieces. My heart breaks for my niece and my friends who are pregnant bringing children into the world right now. Like everyone else I am horrified that people believed these bumper sticker slogans filled with hate he spewed. People who voted for him you are weak. You are not just misinformed. You didn't even attempt information. You say lock her up and you know something about the word email but what was in the emails? You have no clue. Well I'll tell you if you were able to read this far through the holes in your sheet. They said nothing incriminating. Nothing. She dedicated her entire life to public service and got our children Heath care and education without discrimination. he didn't pay his workers. Started a fake college. Ripped people off. Never paid his taxes and sexually assaulted women and on and on She would have taken care of us. I personally would have had to pay higher taxes. All the celebrities backing her would have. People asked how much I was paid to stand with her. Nothing. None of us were paid a dollar. We would have had to pay a lot more because we are fortunate enough to make a high income. But we all wanted to do it to take care of the people in need. She was fighting to take care of you kicking and screaming babies. Yelling about emails you know nothing about and not liking her clothes or her hair she wanted to protect you even you. Well you've gotten what you asked for and now you can watch the sky open up. Literally. I am furious. I cry for her and for all the smart people I love who know what's right and I cry for you people who fell for shiny hats and reality catch phrases. She would have protected you. Today we grieve tomorrow we begin again. Yes this quote is fake but it doesn't matter
Unfortunately for Schumer’s argument, she accompanied her message with a screenshot of an infamous fake quote attributed to Trump. She closed out her comments by acknowledging this point, saying “Yes this quote is fake but it doesn’t matter,” though whether the admission was included in the original post or tacked on at a later time remains unclear.
Either way, the comedian’s use of a blatantly false quote derived from a popular anti-Trump meme undermines her main point — that Trump supporters voted for their candidate without digging into the reality of his false claims.
(Via Amy Schumer on Instagram)