‘Let Them Eat Ice Cream’

 

Nancy Pelosi, second-time Speaker of the House, third in line to the presidency, gave two truly clueless interviews. Was it the Botox or the brain freeze from her favorite ice cream? Pelosi stood in front of a refrigerator that could easily be looked up. The price tag: $24,000. She opened the freezer section and gushed over pints of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, $12 a pint at their online store.*

On the same day, Nancy Pelosi boasted to MSNBC about blocking the refill of the Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses and their employees. She spoke to MSNBC while standing in front of that luxury refrigerator, stuffed full of very expensive ice cream.

Nancy Pelosi opened the door and the Donald J. Trump campaign walked right in:

The advertisement is so devastating that the Democrats running Google/YouTube apparently replaced the title with question mark characters. The title was “Let them eat ice cream.” — Nancy Antoinette. Messing with the display title did not change search results, as the ad shows up at or near the top when you search YouTube for “let them eat ice cream.”

The Hill has several streaming news and commentary shows. Their morning show is Rising, cohosted by Krystal Ball** and Saagar Enjeti. Their left-of-center analysis is devastating, showing evidence that the ad was exactly on point, that it points to the deeper rot in the Swamp, where millionaires continue business as usual amongst themselves.


* The Late Late Show with James Corden ran a “Show & Tell” segment with Nancy Pelosi on April 14:

** Don’t laugh too hard. Her physicist father got to name her after her mom named her two older sisters. Krystal Ball’s father’s dissertation was on crystals. While Krystal is a committed leftist, she also has been a CPA, so she actually understands business finances.

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  1. Weeping Inactive
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    My first thought: That’s a lot of ice cream! Why in the world does she have so much of it? 

    My second thought: Why isn’t she in D.C. doing her job?

    My third thought: Do I really want her in D.C. right now where she can do more damage than she’s already done?

     

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  2. RushBabe49 Thatcher
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    I will post this over at RushBabe49.com when I get home this afternoon, thanks!

    Edit: Posted

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  3. Eustace C. Scrubb Member
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    One of the worst things about this is that I’ve always loved Dove Ice Cream Bars and I might not look at them the same way again.

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  4. Hoyacon Member
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    Since one of my mottos is “Be Like Nancy,” I immediately went to Jeni’s to price some ice cream.  Oh, and hopefully to get an answer to the serious question of how does one ship ice cream and how much does that cost.

    Well, I learned that a five-pack of “Jeni’s Essentials” costs $58, so you save $2 by ordering five (assuming you think ice cream costing $11.60/pint is “essential”).  Plus shipping.  The bad news is that they wanted too much personal information for me to get shipping/packaging info and cost.  I declined.  So how do you ship ice cream across the country?

    I did this so you don’t have to.

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  5. PHCheese Inactive
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    I say let them eat cheese.

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  6. Tex929rr Coolidge
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    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    So how do you ship ice cream across the country?

    When the Mrs still flew for FedEx they shipped lots of stuff like live lobsters packed in dry ice  – the dry ice was considered hazardous material. 

     

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  7. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… Member
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    I know that the point of this sort of thing is to point out Pelosi’s hypocrisy, but there’s also some hypocrisy involved in a conservative complaining about nice homes, cars, appliances — or even slightly upscale ice cream — owned by Democrats (or eaten by them, in the case of the ice cream).

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  8. Hoyacon Member
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    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    I know that the point of this sort of thing is to point out Pelosi’s hypocrisy, but there’s also some hypocrisy involved in a conservative complaining about nice homes, cars, appliances — or even slightly upscale ice cream — owned by Democrats (or eaten by them, in the case of the ice cream).

    I really am out of it.  Twelve bucks a pint is only slightly upscale?

    On a more serious note, while I can’t speak for everybody, I doubt most conservatives are begrudging Pelosi her lifestyle in a vacuum.  More likely, it has to do with her having a degree of the power of the purse over relief intended for some decidedly less fortunate.

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  9. Full Size Tabby Member
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    Gee, I can’t fit more than one half gallon of BlueBell ice cream at a time in the freezer compartment of our Whirlpool bottom freezer refrigerator ($1,400 eighteen months ago at Lowe’s). We need the freezer space for other things. Yes, BlueBell still sells full half gallons. And we buy the ice cream at Aldi, where it’s a dollar cheaper than at Albertsons.  

    The reasons I object to Mrs. Pelosi’s ice cream (and freezer and mansion) extravaganza are 1) from her lofty perch of wealth she insists on telling the rest of us how to live, and 2) the circumstances under which her husband made most of their money (real estate) look suspicious in their connections to her work as a politician. 

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  10. CarolJoy, Above Top Secret Coolidge
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    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):

    Gee, I can’t fit more than one half gallon of BlueBell ice cream at a time in the freezer compartment of our Whirlpool bottom freezer refrigerator ($1,400 eighteen months ago at Lowe’s). We need the freezer space for other things. Yes, BlueBell still sells full half gallons. And we buy the ice cream at Aldi, where it’s a dollar cheaper than at Albertsons.

    The reasons I object to Mrs. Pelosi’s ice cream (and freezer and mansion) extravaganza are 1) from her lofty perch of wealth she insists on telling the rest of us how to live, and 2) the circumstances under which her husband made most of their money (real estate) look suspicious in their connections to her work as a politician.

    Very good points.

    And I am laughing out loud at your expression “her work as a politician.” Being born into the top political family in Maryland, she has never had to do more than grease the skids.

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  11. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
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    PHCheese (View Comment):

    I say let them eat cheese.

    Government cheese.

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  12. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
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    Tex929rr (View Comment):

    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    So how do you ship ice cream across the country?

    When the Mrs still flew for FedEx they shipped lots of stuff like live lobsters packed in dry ice – the dry ice was considered hazardous material.

     

    There was an old time radio mystery episode with dry ice as the murder weapon. The victim was living in a boat cabin and taking delivery of cases of champagne. The villain was gradually increasing the amount of dry ice with each shipment. 

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  13. PHCheese Inactive
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    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):

    Gee, I can’t fit more than one half gallon of BlueBell ice cream at a time in the freezer compartment of our Whirlpool bottom freezer refrigerator ($1,400 eighteen months ago at Lowe’s). We need the freezer space for other things. Yes, BlueBell still sells full half gallons. And we buy the ice cream at Aldi, where it’s a dollar cheaper than at Albertsons.

    The reasons I object to Mrs. Pelosi’s ice cream (and freezer and mansion) extravaganza are 1) from her lofty perch of wealth she insists on telling the rest of us how to live, and 2) the circumstances under which her husband made most of their money (real estate) look suspicious in their connections to her work as a politician.

    We have the exact same Whirlpool. It doesn’t have any ice cream in it though. I eat it as it comes in the door so I don’t bring it in the door. Definitely my weakness. I had been going to Costco for the $1.35 frozen yogurt but the took it off the menu for the crisis.

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  14. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
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    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    I know that the point of this sort of thing is to point out Pelosi’s hypocrisy, but there’s also some hypocrisy involved in a conservative complaining about nice homes, cars, appliances — or even slightly upscale ice cream — owned by Democrats (or eaten by them, in the case of the ice cream).

    Not really. As the left of center Rising hosts lay out, this woman made her money off her political connections, and is obviously completely insulated from the consequences of her and her fellow political millionaires’ decisions. As to “slightly upscale,” I would think that applies to the top shelf in the grocery store, not $12 a pint specialty ice cream, and not a splurge pint but a regular resupply filling the freezer. “Conservative” =/= apologist for crony capitalists in the name of Adam Smith.

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  15. Full Size Tabby Member
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    CarolJoy, Above Top Secret (View Comment):

    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):

    Gee, I can’t fit more than one half gallon of BlueBell ice cream at a time in the freezer compartment of our Whirlpool bottom freezer refrigerator ($1,400 eighteen months ago at Lowe’s). We need the freezer space for other things. Yes, BlueBell still sells full half gallons. And we buy the ice cream at Aldi, where it’s a dollar cheaper than at Albertsons.

    The reasons I object to Mrs. Pelosi’s ice cream (and freezer and mansion) extravaganza are 1) from her lofty perch of wealth she insists on telling the rest of us how to live, and 2) the circumstances under which her husband made most of their money (real estate) look suspicious in their connections to her work as a politician.

    Very good points.

    And I am laughing out loud at your expression “her work as a politician.” Being born into the top political family in Maryland, she has never had to do more than grease the skids.

    I was trying to be somewhat charitable. But I am amazed that politicians with lifelong family connections can be so clueless as to the privileges into which they were born. 

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  16. Gazpacho Grande' Coolidge
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    What’s more concerning around this idiocy is that it doesn’t even occur to her that this might look bad.  That 12 bucks a pint is an insane price for a pint of ice cream, even for people who can easily afford something like that, but choose a $5 pint instead.

    Because they’re not insane.

    Neither is she.  But she needs to be removed from office, for this level of stupid, and being so completely out of touch with the reality that 330 million live in, she cannot be trusted with this level of responsibility.

    Instead, hand her an ice cream scoop, and put that embarrassment to work.  See if she can finally get a real taste of what it’s like to have to work for a living.

    Christ.

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  17. 9thDistrictNeighbor Member
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    November is a long way off.  I wonder if this will be forgotten by then.

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  18. Jules PA Member
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    Nancy Antoinette is surely ridiculous, but not so much about the ice cream. I’d say it’s a good bet that the ice cream was product placement for the show she was featured on. 

    I never heard of Jeni’s, but, even if I could afford it, I never will now. 

    I like Klondike over Dove Bars anyway. 

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  19. Suspira Member
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    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    I know that the point of this sort of thing is to point out Pelosi’s hypocrisy, but there’s also some hypocrisy involved in a conservative complaining about nice homes, cars, appliances — or even slightly upscale ice cream — owned by Democrats (or eaten by them, in the case of the ice cream).

    The only hypocrisy is Pelosi’s. 

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  20. Ontheleftcoast Member
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    Weeping (View Comment):

    My first thought: That’s a lot of ice cream! Why in the world does she have so much of it?

    My second thought: Why isn’t she in D.C. doing her job?

    My third thought: Do I really want her in D.C. right now where she can do more damage than she’s already done?

    “No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the Legislature is in session.”

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  21. Ontheleftcoast Member
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    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):
    I know that the point of this sort of thing is to point out Pelosi’s hypocrisy, but there’s also some hypocrisy involved in a conservative complaining about nice homes, cars, appliances — or even slightly upscale ice cream — owned by Democrats

    Some might object to how Pelosi became wealthy. And what’s wrong with mocking her hypocrisy? 

    The ad itself? Trump is trying to get people who are hurting to associate Pelosi with their pain.

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  22. James Lileks Contributor
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    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):
    I know that the point of this sort of thing is to point out Pelosi’s hypocrisy, but there’s also some hypocrisy involved in a conservative complaining about nice homes, cars, appliances — or even slightly upscale ice cream — owned by Democrats (or eaten by them, in the case of the ice cream).

    Perhaps it has more to do with some conservative’s conviction that Pelosi’s party would use an expensive fridge to excoriate an exec who had fired people. That Pelosi’s party would pass laws to limit fridge size for the sake of the planet, believe that the European urban model of tiny fridges is the only sustainable option for everyone else, issue Twitter jihads if the fridge was full of meat obtained by hunting, and so on. Also, we might be certain that Pelosi could get a third fridge installed tomorrow if she wished, but for most people it’s not an option because the fridge installers have been forbidden to work.

    Where I live you can get a fridge delivered to your door, but beyond that, you’re on your own.

    Imagine the number of people that would snap to attention if her $12 pints were a bit soft.

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  23. Gazpacho Grande' Coolidge
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    James Lileks (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):
    I know that the point of this sort of thing is to point out Pelosi’s hypocrisy, but there’s also some hypocrisy involved in a conservative complaining about nice homes, cars, appliances — or even slightly upscale ice cream — owned by Democrats (or eaten by them, in the case of the ice cream).

    Perhaps it has more to do with some conservative’s conviction that Pelosi’s party would use an expensive fridge to excoriate an exec who had fired people. That Pelosi’s party would pass laws to limit fridge size for the sake of the planet, believe that the European urban model of tiny fridges is the only sustainable option for everyone else, issue Twitter jihads if the fridge was full of meat obtained by hunting, and so on. Also, we might be certain that Pelosi could get a third fridge installed tomorrow if she wished, but for most people it’s not an option because the fridge installers have been forbidden to work.

    Where I live you can get a fridge delivered to your door, but beyond that, you’re on your own.

    Imagine the number of people that would snap to attention if her $12 pints were a bit soft.

    I know I would, sir!

    See the source image

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  24. Penfold Member
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    I’m not going to get on the “Ice cream + Pelosi = shame” bandwagon, but it’s still fun to read all the comments. I mean, I could point out that most ice cream comes from enslaved cows.  What would the Joker say about that? 

    However if you think about the long chain of people involved in getting a spoonful of creamy goodness into her maw, it’s really a micro-economic stimulus package all on its own.  Good on you Congressperson.

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  25. Cal Lawton Member
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    “[T]hey haven’t lived the way you all are struggling to live right now…”

    Nancy Pelosi is the exemplar diaper that needs changing, but Miss Ball’s side glance and limp fourth wall gesture while “News-splaining” is just as bad. That wasn’t the fourth estate laying bare the ludicrous behavior of a political gangster, but a fellow traveller acknowledging she likes those flavors, too.

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  26. The Reticulator Member
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    Penfold (View Comment):
    I’m not going to get on the “Ice cream + Pelosi = shame” bandwagon

    When Google/YouTube are trying to run interference for her, you can bet I’m going to get on the shame bandwagon.

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  27. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… Member
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    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    I know that the point of this sort of thing is to point out Pelosi’s hypocrisy, but there’s also some hypocrisy involved in a conservative complaining about nice homes, cars, appliances — or even slightly upscale ice cream — owned by Democrats (or eaten by them, in the case of the ice cream).

    I really am out of it. Twelve bucks a pint is only slightly upscale?

    On a more serious note, while I can’t speak for everybody, I doubt most conservatives are begrudging Pelosi her lifestyle in a vacuum. More likely, it has to do with her having a degree of the power of the purse over relief intended for some decidedly less fortunate.

    Well, it’s only ice cream.  I imagine that there’s ice cream costing more than this, but I don’t know.  I tend to buy the store brand in the biggest container available, aiming to get a gallon for five bucks.  Good enough for me.

    On the other hand, my wife and daughters sometimes like more upscale stuff, and they can buy it if they like.

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  28. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… Member
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    James Lileks (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):
    I know that the point of this sort of thing is to point out Pelosi’s hypocrisy, but there’s also some hypocrisy involved in a conservative complaining about nice homes, cars, appliances — or even slightly upscale ice cream — owned by Democrats (or eaten by them, in the case of the ice cream).

    Perhaps it has more to do with some conservative’s conviction that Pelosi’s party would use an expensive fridge to excoriate an exec who had fired people. That Pelosi’s party would pass laws to limit fridge size for the sake of the planet, believe that the European urban model of tiny fridges is the only sustainable option for everyone else, issue Twitter jihads if the fridge was full of meat obtained by hunting, and so on. Also, we might be certain that Pelosi could get a third fridge installed tomorrow if she wished, but for most people it’s not an option because the fridge installers have been forbidden to work.

    Where I live you can get a fridge delivered to your door, but beyond that, you’re on your own.

    Imagine the number of people that would snap to attention if her $12 pints were a bit soft.

    I don’t think that Pelosi would ever do such a thing.  She’s not going to pass a law limiting fridge size.  If she did, she’d have to have an ordinary fridge.  She’d pass a law making the big fridge, and the electricity needed to run it, much more expensive.  She can afford it anyway.

    I don’t doubt that she’s a hypocrite.  I just find it a bit petty to complain about the cost of her ice cream.

    That fridge, by the way, also seems to include ordinary Dove bars.  Now Dove bars are a bit upscale around my house.  With teenagers around, store brand ice cream sandwiches are generally good enough.  But a Dove bar is hardly puttin’ on the Ritz.

    Now, if she was driving an insanely expensive and unnecessary luxury car, like a Mercedes or BMW or Lexus, I’d start complaining.  I find people who drive luxury cars to be reprehensively selfish.  Get an ordinary car, and give the extra money to charity.  For that matter, you don’t need a big screen TV, and if you have more than around 500 SF of living space per person, your house is too big.  

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  29. Goldwaterwoman Thatcher
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    Clifford A. Brown: Pelosi stood in front of a refrigerator that could easily be looked up. The price tag: $24,000.

    Nancy is obviously tone deaf, and I don’t even pretend to defend her choice of very expensive ice cream.  That said, I will defend the Sub Zero a high-quality appliance made in the USA. I owned one that was 30 years old, is still in beautiful condition, and the only money I had to spend on it in the fourteen years I owned the house it came in was a new ice maker and stainless steel panels for the door and drawer. A 36″ like mine brand new would be about $9,000, but you can find them for less on EBay.  She has two in her kitchen, but it’s difficult to tell what size or which model they are. I now have a KitchenAid, made in America, and one of my sons has a gorgeous new Whirlpool, also made in America. Both are quite a bit less than a new Sub Zero. 

    It’s easy to make fun of Nancy Antoinette as the press is calling her, but she is a very wealthy woman whose kitchen is not out of the ordinary for people like her. Her big, big mistake was allowing a camera to come into her home and show who she really is while purportedly representing the poor and downtrodden, as the hypocritical Dems claim they do, during a time when millions have been thrown out of work and she blocks legislation to help them. 

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  30. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
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    Goldwaterwoman (View Comment):
    It’s easy to make fun of Nancy Antoinette as the press is calling her, but she is a very wealthy woman whose kitchen is not out of the ordinary for people like her. Her big, big mistake was allowing a camera to come into her home and show who she really is while purportedly representing the poor and downtrodden, as the hypocritical Dems claim they do, during a time when millions have been thrown out of work and she blocks legislation to help them. 

    Exactly. That was the heart of my OP. She did not even move with her smart phone to a different backdrop between interviews that day.

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