The irony of a Breitbart editor seeming to crave a trigger warning for a magazine cover didn’t go unnoticed. Some people cheekily asked if he needed a safe space. Others just wanted clarity about whether or not he was joking.
“Just a thought, but maybe if you’re triggered by the Statue of Liberty the United States of America is not the right place for you,” one response read.
Another person asked: “Just to be clear here — the Statue of Liberty is now a microaggression against conservatives?”
In response to the backlash, Mr. Carney posted on Twitter, “The reaction by leftists to my criticism of Vogue’s cover is all the proof you need about its political content.” In a subsequent post, he wrote, “If you want the Statue of Liberty to be a non-partisan symbol of America, don’t make her central to your case against immigration reform.”
Here, Mr. Carney appeared to be referring to the White House adviser Stephen Miller’s cringe-worthy attempt last week to brush off Emma Lazarus’s poem “The New Colossus.” He argued at a White House news briefing that the soaring poem (“Give me your tired, your poor,/Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free ….”) was added to the statue after it was given to the United States by France and therefore isn’t meaningful. The twisted argument was Mr. Miller’s sorry attempt to back President Trump’s plan to cut legal immigration into the United States.
Here’s a bit of unsolicited advice for Mr. Carney, Mr. Miller and any other Trump supporters trying to smear Lady Liberty:
The Statue of Liberty is perhaps the most fundmental American icon. It has expressed our country’s highest ideals for 130 years. Trying to tarnish the statue that has welcomed the ancestors of Bruce Springsteen, Colin Powell, Jerry Seinfeld, Martin Scorsese and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, to name a tiny handful, is a doomed mission.
Also, Mr. Carney, if you send me your address, I’d…