Fifty years ago, as conservative deity Ronald Reagan was delivering a speech endorsing Barry Goldwater for President he managed to show his true colors. The speech, called “A Time for Choosing,” managed to raise $8 million for the floundering Goldwater campaign and, in the words of Reagan biographer Craig Shirley, “It defined conservatism for 50 years.”
Indeed, it did. However, often omitted from the tellings and retellings of Reagan’s famous speech is an absolutely hilarious joke the Gipper told about poor people.
“We were told four years ago that 17 million people went to bed hungry each night. Well that was probably true. They were all on a diet,” Reagan said as the crowd laughed at the expense of millions of people who just hadn’t “bootstrapped it” enough to feed their families. Hilarious.
As Shirley pointed out, this “f*ck the poor” mentality became central to conservatives’ ideologies over the years as they have tirelessly strived to cut and deplete benefits that would be extended to those “dieting” people, all while pretending to care.
Watch Reagan’s bit of standup comedy, below: