Hagerty joins Tucker Carlson Tonight to talk Democrats’ true intention to ram through $3.5 trillion tax-and-spend spree

August 10, 2021

WASHINGTON—United States Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) joined Tucker Carlson Tonight yesterday to discuss the Democrats’ true intention of quickly passing the infrastructure bill to then move forward and ram through their $3.5 trillion tax-and-spend spree that will fundamentally transform America into something unrecognizable to fundamentally transform America.

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Partial Transcript

Hagerty on Democrats’ true intention to radically transform America: “This bill has become rather obvious what it really is. It’s been shielded with a veneer of bipartisanship, but what it really has become is the open gateway to lead right into this $3.5 trillion package— the Bernie Sanders’ transformation of America package— that they’re trying to set up. They gave us a 2,700 page bill and only a few days to look at it. Then the very afternoon that we got the CBO score that tells what the bill actually cost, it fell short by a quarter of a trillion dollars. What’s the response of the leadership? What’s Chuck Schumer’s response? ‘Let’s go ahead and accelerate it, rush it through tonight. Let’s put this in our rear view mirror so we can get onto the bigger part of this transformation of America.’ I said, ‘No, we’re not going to accelerate it. We’re going to expose it to the light of day.’ And the more we’re able to talk about it, I mean, that’s the reason we’re having this conversation right now. We’ve had the opportunity to let the American public understand what’s in this bill. We let them understand what it costs. And now what we’re seeing is real positive movement in our direction. A couple of senators have already changed their positions and are not going to vote for this bill now, even though they were going to support it before. I think we’re putting a lot of pressure on the House of Representatives. I think it will be very difficult for Democrats in these swing districts there to continue to support this as the light of day comes to bear and as their taxpayers, as their citizens, understand exactly what’s in this bill.”

Hagerty on dangerous provisions contained in the so-called “infrastructure” bill: “[Equity, which is frequently mentioned throughout the bill] has absolutely nothing to do with it [infrastructure]. Yet, this is going to empower Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg to determine how racist the system is and how he’s going to fix it. Equity… [is] not equality… it’s the absolute opposite of that.”

Hagerty on Democrats’ power grab: “This is a massive power grab by the Democrats. We’ve been lectured for four years about the fact that Republicans under Trump didn’t respect our institutions, but as soon as the Democrats took control, they moved to federalize our elections, to basically pack the court, and now they’ve taken the attempt to basically give us zero time to evaluate a 2,700 page bill that’s fallen a quarter of a trillion dollar short in terms of it being funded and paid for as advertised. So the time is now to push back on this, and that’s exactly what I’ve done. And I think that my colleagues need to take this time to really look hard at this bill and what’s in it. And I hope that it will affect their decision when it comes time to vote.”