- The Washington Times
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Tucker Carlson found himself in rare agreement with Sen. Elizabeth Warren this week over her “economic patriotism” plan, which reminds him of President Trump “at his best.”

The Massachusetts Democrat and 2020 presidential hopeful wowed the Fox News host by rhetorically taking to task American companies with operations overseas.

Mr. Carlson was also impressed with the Democrat’s decision not to infuse her plan with “identity politics.”

“These companies wave the flag — but they have no loyalty or allegiance to America,” Ms. Warren said in support of her plan. “Levi’s is an iconic American brand, but the company operates only 2% of its factories here. Dixon Ticonderoga, maker of the famous No. 2 pencil, has ‘moved almost all of its pencil production to Mexico and China.’ … 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 factory 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.”

Mr. Carlson said it appeared as though Ms. Warren might have learned something from the president’s “economic nationalism.”

“Let’s say you regularly vote Republican,” the “Tucker Carlson Tonight” show host said Wednesday evening. “Ask yourself: What part of that statement did you disagree with? Was there a single word that seemed wrong? Probably not. Here’s the depressing part: Nobody you voted for said that, or would ever say it. Republicans in Congress can’t promise to protect American industries. They wouldn’t dare. It might violate some principle of Austrian economics. It might make the Koch brothers angry. It might alienate the libertarian ideologues who, to this day, fund most Republican campaigns. So, no, a Republican did not say that. Sadly. … [The senator] sounds like Donald Trump at his best. Who is this Elizabeth Warren, you ask? Not the race-hustling, gun-grabbing, abortion extremist you thought you knew.”

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