Devin Nunes, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Face Off in Battle Over Socialism

Plastic straws are back in the public eye, after two of America’s more ridiculous representatives squared off about the little suckers and the potentially Orwellian consequences of banning them.

On Saturday, Rep. Devin Nunes (R–Calif.) tweeted about a recent dining experience in which a fearful waitress asked his family if they wanted straws with their drinks.

Nunes’ tweet references California’s new straw-on-request law, passed in September 2018, and which went into effect in January 2019. The law requires servers to ask patrons at full-service restaurants if they want a straw before giving them one.

Calling straw bans socialism is hyperbolic—although they might be a good example of “late socialism”—but Nunes’ server wasn’t wrong that eating establishments have something to fear from this latest restriction on how they can serve their customers.