Sen. Hawley: No Republicans Support ‘Socialism’ in Infrastructure Plan

Sen. Hawley: No Republicans Support 'Socialism' in Infrastructure Plan Sen. Hawley: No Republicans Support 'Socialism' in Infrastructure Plan Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., asks a question during the the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., on April 28, 2021. (Tom Williams/Pool via AP)

By Sandy Fitzgerald | Tuesday, 04 May 2021 11:44 AM

President Joe Biden has said his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan has bipartisan support nationally, even if Republicans on Capitol Hill won't back it. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., said Tuesday he wants to know who has been talking to the president and saying they like his legislation and the "socialism" it contains.

"I don't know what Republicans that President Biden is talking to across the country, but it's nobody who lives in Missouri," Hawley said on Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "I can't imagine that there is Republican support for bringing socialism to America, which is basically what his plan is."

Biden has proposed $4 trillion in new big government spending between his infrastructure bill and a family bill over the past month, and that comes on top of the almost $2 trillion that has been spent this year, Hawley said.

"He's mortgaging everybody's future in order to do what, fund a bunch of liberal pet projects, cancel energy jobs, let China run away with the global competition?" Hawley said. "It's crazy stuff that he's proposing to do, and I don't think there's any broad-based support for it certainly not among Republicans or independents."

Meanwhile, Hawley's new book, "The Tyranny of Big Tech," is being released Tuesday. Initially, the publishers Simon & Schuster canceled its plans to publish his book in the wake of the Jan. 6 violence at the Capitol, but another company, Regnery, opted to publish it.

Hawley said the book is about the power that big tech monopolies have in U.S. society over politics and government.

"It's an incredible, unprecedented amount of power, and we see what they want to do with it," Hawley said. "Big Tech tried to suppress the stories about Hunter Biden and Joe Biden, we saw it in January, when they kicked [former President] Donald Trump off of Twitter and Facebook, and when they kicked numerous conservatives off those platforms."

The big tech companies "try to suppress speech they don't like," he added. "These companies want to tell us what we can think, what we can say, and they ultimately want to run the country, and we can't let them. We've got to reclaim our democracy for the American people, and the book is about how we can do that."

Facebook's independent oversight board tweeted on Monday that it will announce a decision on Wednesday about whether it will uphold the ban that the platform and Instagram put on Trump's accounts after the Capitol incidents.

Hawley said Tuesday he doesn't know what will happen concerning the former president's accounts.

"Free speech in America or now depends on the whims of a monopoly corporation," Hawley said. "That's how much power these people have. I mean, they're going to decide and, by the way, we have no idea how they make their decisions, Facebook and their Facebook court and all of this nonsense."

The whole matter of big tech's censorship is "ridiculous," the senator said.

"We ought to be able to say what we want to say within the bounds of the law, of course, in this country," Hawley said. "The idea that these corporations would decide what we can say and can't say, who can speak and can't speak. It's crazy."

Hawley said he agrees with ending Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects social media companies by keeping them from being treated as the publisher of content that is put on their sites.

"I'd go a step further," he said. "I think it's time to break them up, and I talk about this in the book as well. I think Facebook, Twitter, Google, they're huge companies, they own not only so much of the internet, they now own the cloud. They're buying up other industries. There is no reason why these companies should be such monopolies and be able to control so much power, so much of our economy, so much of our lives."

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