Fox's Pete Hesgeth Knows What Diner Patrons Talk About, And It Is The 10th Amendment

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Fox & Friends host Pete Hegseth is a true man of the people. He knows what all the Real Americans are into and what they talk about. At the Conservative Political Action Conference Saturday, he explained to the audience that he goes to diners and talks to people — real people — like school teachers, construction workers, and the diner waitresses and cooks who work there, and that he can now report back about what their concerns are, and how they incredibly align with the concerns of those attending CPAC. He said, "They're not talking about esoteric things that the Ivy League talks about."

He said:

I sit down with a school teacher, or a construction worker or a small business owner or a cook at the restaurant or the waitress at the restaurant we're at. And they're not talking about the esoteric things that the Ivy League talks about, or MSNBC talks about. They're talking about the Bible. And faith. And prayer. And their family. Hard work. Supporting the police. Standing for the anthem. The First Amendment, the Second Amendment, the 10th Amendment.

I have to say I find this a little rich, on a personal level. Because guess what I was doing for a time while Pete Hegseth was at Princeton? Just guess? I was literally working as a diner waitress. I had other jobs too, of course, but that was one of them. I did this in Rochester, New York, a city known for a thing you eat at diners called a Garbage Plate. It was a long time ago, but the only people I recall talking to me about the Bible were the jerks who left those tracts that look like $20 bills.


"DISAPPOINTED? You won't be if you will let Jesus Christ become the lord of your life."

The thing about the people who used to leave those fake $20 bills on the table was that they were so in their own world that they didn't consider for one second that the person they left it for had bills to pay and rent to make, that without tips they were making $2.13 an hour. They just thought about their own agenda and what was important to them. Sort of like Pete Hegseth.

Even now, I do not have to go on assignment to talk to people who work as school teachers, construction workers or in the service industry, because of how those are the kinds of jobs my actual friends have. I guess I wouldn't know what kind of "esoteric" things people at Ivy League schools are talking about because I did not go to Princeton, but I think that I am pretty smart and that the people I hang out with are pretty smart and we are certainly not sitting around talking about the Bible or states rights all day.

Of course, there are people who have those jobs and do talk about those things (although probably not just those things). Because they're different people and different people talk about different things. Does Pete Hegseth just sit down with one school teacher or one construction worker or one waitress or cook, talk to them for five minutes and then go "Welp! Guess I know what all the school teachers, construction workers and restaurant employees think!?" Is that what he's doing? Does he think that everyone who has a normal job is the same?

There are, of course, some commonalities. Like I would be pretty willing to bet that if Pete Hegseth were to listen to these people talk about "hard work" and then share his thoughts on what he thinks they ought to be earning, a lot of them might be pretty offended. I know I would be! Because Pete Hegseth thinks that people earning a wage that they can live off of is communism.

If you don't feel like watching that, the gist of it is that Pete Hegseth was mad at House Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for paying her entry level staffers a living wage, because this then required her to pay her chief-of-staff less than they might otherwise make. Of that decision, he said, "It's actually socialism and communism on display." Of course, the reverse is fine — for people at the bottom to make starvation wages so that those at the top can get more. That's capitalism. I guess, if we're going by Pete Hegseth's definitions.

I definitely think that the next time Pete Hegseth, Princeton Man of The People, is talking to these exotic creatures from outside of his country club, he should explain to them why, exactly, it is good and right that they should have to work so hard and still not make enough to pay rent and put food on the table and have health care or child care. Or perhaps he can tell them that they are not working hard enough. Maybe he can just say "Hey, if you make a wage you can survive off of, someone who is already making way more than that will have to make slightly less, and that would be communism. So if you really love America, you will be okay with that. Also you will get me some waffles. And some coffee. Half caf half decaf."

And if they would still like to talk to him about the real meat and potatoes issues like ... people not standing for the national anthem, or about the 10th amendment, then that would be up to them.

This is now your open thread! Talk amongst yourselves!

[Right Wing Watch]

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