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ICYMI: Rubio Joins Hannity

Mar 29, 2023 | Press Releases

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined Hannity to discuss the U.S.-China relationship and the future of the international order. Watch the full interview on YouTube and Rumble.

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On Xi Jinping’s statement that China is preparing for war:
“Well, it’s not [a war] against Belgium or Luxembourg. The bottom line is we’re in a conflict, and I think we have to start talking about it that way…. I was very young, obviously, at the end of the Cold War, but it’s been about 30 years since there was another superpower on the earth that was in conflict with the United States. We are back in that place. We need to stop pretending like that’s not the case now. I hope it’s never an armed conflict, but it’s a conflict at every level you can imagine. 
“We have a couple of problems. Number one, the White House, the Biden Administration, is filled with a bunch of traditional, conventional political figures that grew up over the last 20 years talking about cooperating with China. We saw how that worked out. They took all of our jobs. They took all of our factories. They got rich, we got poorer. Their middle class grew, our middle class shrunk. They make things, and we don’t. 
“I think the other problem we have, and you’ve alluded to this, is these guys in China, they watch TV broadcasts of what’s happening in America. And I hate saying this, because I don’t want to encourage our enemies, but you turn on the TV, and you watch Joe Biden speak on any topic on any day, that does not inspire respect or apprehension on the part of our adversaries. They’re probably saying, ‘Now’s the time to strike, guys.’”
On the overturning of the U.S.-led international order:
“Just today, Brazil, the largest country in the Western Hemisphere, cut a trade deal with China. They’re going to, from now on, do trade in their own currencies, get right around the dollar. They’re creating a secondary economy in the world totally independent of the United States. We won’t have to talk about sanctions in five years, because there’ll be so many countries transacting in currencies other than the dollar that we won’t have the ability to sanction them. 
“[And] we are sitting here, focused on some of this nuttiness that’s going on, people that are basically dedicating their lives in this country to ensuring that it is legal to mutilate children, to do drag shows in schools. They dedicate their lives to this. And we have another superpower that basically wants to become the world’s dominant power at our expense. These people don’t want to focus on it. We had some person on ‘The View’ yesterday say that our criminal justice system is no better than what China is doing with its genocide of Uyghur Muslims. 
“We better wake up, or we’re going to live in a very different world than the one we’ve been used to. It’s going to happen very fast.”
On polls showing that traditional American values are in decline:
“I don’t put a lot of stock in the polls. But if you think about all of the values that make you a strong society, family, children’s patriotism, all of that has diminished. The only thing that matters now, the thing that has gone up, is people care about money. 
“I’m not saying that doesn’t matter, but China knows it, and they use it against us…. They believe one day there [will be] enough people to pressure their politicians because they care more about buying cheap shirts off an app from China than they do about standing up for their own country. 
“At some point, we need to figure out that we are Americans. Someone needs to stand up for this country. If we don’t, no one will. The world is a better place because of America, and it will be a worse place if America declines.”