Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Wednesday tried to redefine “infrastructure” — and got torn down on social media for it.
Infrastructure is generally defined as “basic physical and organizational structures and facilities,” such as buildings, roads and power supplies.
But in a push for President Biden’s massive $2.3 trillion tax-and-spend plan, the New York Democrat attempted to pave a new meaning, tweeting: “Paid leave is infrastructure. Child care is infrastructure. Caregiving is infrastructure.”
The message drew a wall of mockery.
“Unicorns are infrastructure. Love is infrastructure. Herpes is infrastructure. Everything is infrastructure,” Daily Wire founder Ben Shapiro wrote on Twitter.
Journalist Josh Barro joked that, “Mayonnaise is infrastructure. It supports the other flavors in the sandwich.”
“The bread is also infrastructure,” Barro added. “But the meat and cheese and tomatoes are not infrastructure. And making the sandwich is not infrastructure. But the plate is infrastructure.”
Many users noted, “If everything is infrastructure then nothing is infrastructure.”
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand attempted