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#GOPHatesPoorPeople is a Twitter hashtag used to criticize the American Republican Party for policies that are hostile to the lower class. It can also be used sarcastically to criticize Democrats for the same behavior. Related hashtags include #uniteblue.


The first tweet to use the hashtag was posted on July 7, 2011 by user @tesstoro:

tess toro @tesstoro Follow House GOP Cuts Food For Seniors And Babies But Funds Military Bands politicususa.com/en/military-ba... @politicususa #GopFAIL #GopHatesPoorPeople #GopSUCKS 4:23 PM-7 Jul 2011 11 RETWEETS 5 FAVORITES わt

The hashtag was sporadically used across twitter before it became popular on March 18th, 2015[1].


On March 18th, 2015, a series of popular tweets were posted by a variety of users using the hashtag. Each tweet was different, but they alluded to a series of arguments going on in Congress over the federal budget, the annual farm bill, and a recent Senate work delay over a bill that would fairly recompense sex workers. The last bill had bipartisan support before reaching the Senate floor, causing many to complain that the delay was generated by partisan politics.

Users began to tweet using the hash tag, often accompanied by image macros detailing political points.

Harold Itzkowitz Follow Haroldltz Jesus told us to feed the hungry and clothe the naked. Not to cut taxes for the rich. #GOPH ates PoorPeople 8:38 PM-18 Mar 2015 137 RETWEETS 81 FAVORITES
Right-wingers call Pope Francis a "communist." View image on Twitter His response: "If a communist wants to help the poor, call him what he is: a Christian." DE twitter.com/thedallyedge DE The Daily Edge Follow TheDailyEdge #GOPHatesPoorPeople so much they call you a Communist if you prefer Jesus to Ayn Rand 8:44 PM-18 Mar 2015 597 RETWEETS 343 FAVORITES

The hashtag spread quickly; at its peak, during the night of March 18th and throughout the following day, it was used by 55,206 users and was the top trending hashtag in the United States.

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Many conservatives used the tag to defend themselves against the criticism, including famous commentators like Michelle Malkin.

John Chambers Cisco CEO Reed HastingsJohn Hennessy ick Costolo Art Levinson Genentech Chainman Nedfix CEO President, Stanfoed University Twitter CEO Larry Ellison Orade CEO Carol Bartz Yahoo CEC Barack Obama U.S. President Eric Schmidt Google CEO Steve Jobs Apple CEO Mark Zuckerberg teve Westly artner, Westly Group View image on Twitter Facebook CEO Ann Doerr Spouse of John Doem financetwitter.com Michelle Malkin michellemalkin Follow #GOPHatesPoorPeople And Crony Money-Grubber-in-Chief 8:24 PM-18 Mar 2015 834 RETWEETS 470 FAVORITES

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External References

[1] Twitter – Twitter Search: #GOPHatesPoorPeople

[2] Kicker – Twitter is having a huge catfight over whether the #GOPHatesPoorPeople

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