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#BreadBags: Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa gives Twitter lots of fodder in State of the Union response

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa rehearses her remarks for the Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union address, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa rehearses her remarks for the Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union address, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. AP

Freshman Republican Sen. Joni Ernst from Iowa unintentionally fed the Twitter beast on Tuesday night in her response to the State of the Union speech, all but guaranteeing a “Saturday Night Live” parody.

It began with her talking about wearing bread bags around her feet when she was a little girl. (It’s a Midwestern thing, folks. Just stop it.)

Very quickly, people started tweeting photos of their feet wrapped in bread bags.

And #BreadBags became a hashtag.

(She’s very lucky that people couldn’t see the camouflage high heels she was wearing.)

A smattering of reactions to how she said what she said, most of them delivered at the hashtag, #JoniErnst:

“We had to use our bread bags for mittens.”

“Next time it snows or rains, I'm gonna try wearing bread bags like Joni Ernst once did.”

“I was waiting for her to ask me for my account number and something about my patronage being important to her.”

“No doubt #JoniErnst just made #LorneMichaels a VERY happy man!! Looking forward to @nbcsnl Saturday night!”

“Did anyone else expect #JoniErnst to say "But wait, there's more!"

In the spirit of the President’s “we are the United States of America” sentiments, we’ll second this tweet from ‏@ReganWV:

“A good #SOTU response is rarely seen. It's a rough gig. No one should demonize, degrade, or insult #JoniErnst for her sincerely-held views.”

O.K., but we’ll still be watching “Saturday Night Live” this weekend.

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