The Truth Behind The Lies Of The Original ‘Welfare Queen’


If you haven’t read — the woman upon whom the term “welfare queen” was originally bestowed — you’re missing out on a fascinating and disturbing profile of an unlikely political figure. Linda Taylor was never mentioned by name, but she was the subject of many of Ronald Reagan’s 1976 presidential campaign speech anecdotes about a Chicago woman who’d defrauded the government of hundreds of thousands of dollars. And while Reagan’s critics on the left argued that the woman was a fabrication, Levin reminds us at length that she wasn’t.

LISTENThe Chicago press covered Linda Taylor's 1977 trial extensively, and she dressed to court the cameras.


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