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ICYMI: Rubio Joins Tony Perkins
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined the Washington Watch with Tony Perkins to discuss his opposition to Wendy Sherman’s nomination as Deputy Secretary of State and the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act. See below for highlights and listen to the interview here.
On President Joe Biden’s nominee for Deputy Secretary of State, Wendy Sherman, and her record on abortion:
“She’s a political operative who has served in diplomatic posts, but her political operative background comes into play, you see it become apparent in her service in the past as, for example, the Iran deal, and as well as he was a sort of full-blown advocate for the old notion that somehow we should be doing more with China. She said in an op-ed piece that she wrote last summer, she viciously attacked the Trump Administration on a host of issues, Cuba, Venezuela – which by the way in the hearing she couldn’t point out to what disagreements she had with those policies but in the case of China she says well we should be looking for ways to work with them on deals on things like climate change. China is the world’s greatest polluter. Last year alone they built a historic number of coal plants. Not to mention financing them all over the world. And they’ve never signed a deal they’ve ever kept and or not, sort of, walked away from and undermined. So there’s a host of reasons but I think that it all tracks back to one thing and this is a liberal political operative operating inside of the state department.”
On the Mexico City Policy:
“And I mean by the way, when we talk about forcing it, it’s conditioning funding on its availability, and or the direct funding of it by getting rid of the Mexico City policy now that opens the door to that always, of course, under, you know couched as, reproductive services and women’s health issues, but in fact it’s nothing but an effort to, as I said, you know promote and fund the performing abortions in other countries and in many cases in countries where that is still not widely accepted, they still hold traditional views on that issue.
“Again that’s the exporting the cultural and social agenda of one part of the country on the rest of the world as part of our foreign policy, which – at the core our foreign policy is about protecting America’s national interests, our national security, our alliances that contribute to our national security, and hopefully as well to the stability of countries so you don’t have migratory crisis and you don’t have wars and you don’t have the rise of terrorism. And that’s the point of global diplomacy, not to take the political viewpoints of domestic policy and then superimpose them upon other cultures and countries. Now, democracy, that’s a unifying principle. We should always – we can’t impose democracy, we’re supportive of it, but these are cultural issues that go right to the heart of the values of any country, and we shouldn’t be imposing those sorts of things.”
On controversy surrounding Wendy Sherman:
“Well, unfortunately, I think the controversy is over issues that I don’t think any Democrat is going to break on. And that’s unfortunate. You know, honestly, I mean, I don’t like the things that Neera Tanden put out there, but I think her nomination, in terms of danger to the country, as far – if you told me, one nominee was going to run into problems, I would have rather that been, for example, this individual who’s going to head the Department of Health and Human Services who has no background in Health and Human Services, but does have a background as a woke social cultural warrior who has gone after religious entities like hospitals, looking to religiously based hospitals looking to merge, fighting against the federal government on the Little Sisters of the poor and those sorts of things. I’m very concerned about the power that agency has over so much of our lives, so I wish it had been that nomination instead.”
On President Joe Biden’s nominee for HHS Secretary, Xavier Becerra:
“The power of that agency is extraordinary so he was the Attorney General of California, and he fully utilized that office to fight the culture way, and I think we can anticipate the same, and it’s unfortunate because faith-based organizations provide extraordinary contribution in our country to our health care system, the first hpoistals in the world were faith-based, and to this day in America faith-based organizations provide community care, oftentimes to those who are the most vulnerable; the uninsured, the poor, and others, and I think there’s a lot to be concerned about there.”
On Senator Rubio’s Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act:
“It has, and it’s unfortunate that we’ve got these corporations in America who are quietly but vociferous, but aggressively lobbying to keep it from happening. And you wonder why. they all claim they don’t use forced labor, and yet you wonder whether at least some of their supply chain is linked to it as a result of it. I suspect the answer is probably yes, which is why they don’t want the liability that comes with it. Look, it’s a horrifying human rights violation of men and women who are not just being – it’s bad enough as it is that they’re being forced into these camps to do labor – they’re not just labor camps, they are designed to strip them of their religious and cultural identity.”
On China’s widespread influence:
“The price of doing business in China, the price of having access to the market is to come back to Washington and lobby policymakers in favor of their preferred policies. But it’s also our movies. I mean our movies, our entertainment is now being censored so that – because the, to you know, the content so that it can play in Chinese theaters because it’s such a huge market. So it’s infiltrated our universities, in many cases, who have silenced speakers on campus critical of China in order to not lose their multi-million dollar partnerships over there.”
On the radical left:
“Look unfortunately you have the rise in America of an unelected oligarchy in academia, in entertainment, in media, and in corporate America. And every answer they have to every problem is about perpetuating that power and that wealth that they’ve created, but every time, every answer to every problem is something that’s bad for working Americans. You name it, from climate change to social justice, it’s something that either goes against the common sense value – the common sense wisdom or the working class values of working Americans.”