Molly Prince on June 5, 2019
Fox News host Tucker Carlson slammed Republican politicians on Wednesday for abandoning the economic nationalism that their base voted for in 2016 in order to appease the libertarian donors to whom they are beholden.
“In Washington, almost nobody speaks for the majority of voters,” Carlson said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
“You’re either a libertarian zealot controlled by the banks, yammering on about entrepreneurship and how we need to cut entitlements. That’s one side of the aisle. Or, worse, you’re some decadent trust fund socialist who wants to ban passenger cars and give Medicaid to illegal aliens. That’s the other side,” he continued. “There isn’t a caucus that represents where most Americans actually are: nationalist on economics, fairly traditional on the social issues.”
Carlson began the segment by quoting a section of Democratic presidential hopeful and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s “Plan for Economic Patriotism” and asking his right-leaning audience if they disagree with the statement. Warren revealed the proposal on Tuesday, which she referred to as an “aggressive intervention on behalf of American workers.”
“I’m deeply grateful for the opportunities America has given me. But the giant ‘American’ corporations who control our economy don’t seem to feel the same way,” Warren’s plan read. “They certainly don’t act like it. Sure, these companies wave the flag — but they have no loyalty or allegiance to America.”
Warren went on to describe how American companies, even iconic brands such as Levi’s and General Motors, have been shutting down their U.S. factories in lieu of cheaper, foreign labor.
“These ‘American’ companies show only one real loyalty: to the short-term interests of their shareholders, a third of whom are foreign investors. If they can close up an American factories and ship jobs overseas to save a nickel, that’s exactly what they will do — abandoning loyal American workers and hollowing out American cities along the way,” she continued. “Politicians love to say they care about American jobs, but for decades those same politicians have cited ‘free market principles’ and refused to intervene in markets on behalf of American workers.”
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“The truth is that Washington policies — not unstoppable market forces — are a key driver of the problems American workers face. From our trade agreements to our tax code, we have encouraged companies to invest abroad, ship jobs overseas, and keep wages low,” Warren said. “That’s why our government has to care more about defending and creating American jobs than ever before — not less. We can navigate the changes ahead if we embrace economic patriotism and make American workers our highest priority.”
Carlson argued that Republicans in Congress aren’t able to protect American industries because doing so would “alienate the libertarian ideologues” who are the financial backbone to most GOP campaigns.
“Our leadership class remains resolutely libertarian: committed to the rhetoric of markets when it serves them; utterly libertine on questions of culture,” he continued. “Republicans will lecture you about how payday loan scams are a critical part of our market economy. Then they’ll work to make it easier for your kids to smoke weed because, hey, freedom.”
“Democrats will nod in total agreement,” Carlson added. “They’re on the same page.”
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