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    The original poster board used by Senator Ernst, which became photoshopped online, spawning the viral hashtag in question, was titled “Liberal Fantasy Island” and featured slogans such as “tax increase”, “defund the police” and “expand the court”.

    US Republican Senator Joni Ernst has become a target of mockery on social media following her Wednesday address to the Senate where she criticised "the policies of the left", as The Hill put it, ahead of US President Joe Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress.

    During her speech, the senator used a poster board titled “Liberal Fantasy Island” and bearing slogans such as "tax increase", "defund the police" and "expand the court", with this display apparently hijacked by online satirists.

    ​The altered version of the board made by said user now contained slogans like "only gay people get to go to restaurants", "sex blimps", and "abolish lasangna", among others, with the latter soon becoming a trending hashtag on Twitter.

    Some even joked how #AbolishLasagna hashtag apparently turned out to be more popular than #SexBlimps.

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