Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) told the Todd Starnes Show the Biden Administration wants the COVID-19 pandemic to continue so they can maintain control.
The Tennessee senator said Democrats are going to lose the House and Senate in November, citing how recently they stripped away civil liberties during the pandemic.
“I have chuckles as Joe Biden has declared the pandemic over and then his handlers have had to go back and try to figure out how to continue the pandemic. They’re desperate to continue the pandemic and continue their control,” Blackburn told host Todd Starnes.
The lawmaker explained Americans are not quick to forget how Democrats handled the pandemic or how they’re currently ruining the economy with rampant spending and inflation.
“People have not gotten over the effect of the pandemic, and they did not like the lockdowns, the mandate, the loss of the ability to address the education of their children, looking at the learning loss of children, looking at lost wages and salaries and careers,” the senator said.
Starnes agreed with Blackburn and is optimistic about Republicans’ chances at the ballot box in November.
“This really is, I think, the perfect storm of the American people and especially Hispanic-Americans saying, ‘okay, that’s it, we’re done with the Democrats. Let’s see what the Republicans can do,'” Starnes said.
Listen to the full conversation here:
The following is a rush transcript from the Todd Starnes Show which airs daily from noon to 3:00 p.m. EST.
STARNES: [00:51:51] I have so many questions for our next guest, a great friend of this program and a great patriot from the state of Tennessee, Senator Marsha Blackburn. And Senator, I know you were there Saturday night. [00:52:03][11.9]
BLACKBURN: [00:52:05] Oh, my goodness. The entire weekend was electric, Todd. I mean, people were so excited and I had been talking with our good friend Clay Travis before the games started. And one of the things we were talking about was the amount of fan energy that was there. People that were so excited, they just felt like this is the year and even though they didn’t have tickets to the game, they came to Knoxville, they were on campus, they were at a tailgate or they were in one of the areas. What they had done was to set up these big screen TV all over campus. So it was like the smaller version of a Jumbotron, and people were gathered around watching the game on those just thousands of people all across the campus. And they were all cheering and they were there. They just knew this was the year. And it was. [00:53:18][73.3]
STARNES: [00:53:19] It’s the only time, Senator, that it’s okay to stop a red wave is when they’re playing Tennessee. [00:53:24][4.7]
BLACKBURN: [00:53:27] Indeed. And I think that when we get to November 8, that’s probably what you’re looking at, the polling that is out today, even the New York Times poll, it is showing that the generic ballot is favored for Republicans and that you have upwards of 70 percent of the American people that say they’ve had to change their shopping habits, that they’re having to change what they had planned to buy, where they’re going to go, when you’ve got that kind of energy behind that issue, which is inflation, the price at the pump, the price at the grocery store, I think Republicans will take the House and Senate. [00:54:13][46.3]
STARNES: [00:54:14] I think you’re right. And we’re you know, we’ve been talking to Republicans all over the country, especially in Oregon, where they had the first Republican governor in 40 years. She is leading in the polling there. You’ve got Rhode Island, which could end up flipping one of those congressional seats as well. You know, Senator, I mean, this really is, I think, the perfect storm and of the American people and especially Hispanic-Americans are saying, “okay, that’s it, we’re done with the Democrats. Let’s see what the Republicans can do.” [00:54:47][32.7]
BLACKBURN: [00:54:49] And I think you’re right on that. What we are hearing from so many people is that whether it is the Hispanic American population, which is very pro-life, which is very pro-family and very much involved in the life and rearing of their children, they are so offended with the way that the Democrats have approached these issues. And people are saying, look, when it comes to inflation, when it comes to crime, when it comes to fentanyl in the communities, that open southern border, parental rights, the Republicans are in the right spot on these issues. They’re going to vote Republican on this ballot. Doesn’t mean they’ve changed forever. Doesn’t mean that they won’t become ticket splitters, if you will. But what they are going to do this cycle, this midterm, they are saying our values, our freedoms, our rights matter more to us than a party identity. And so we’re going to vote Republican. [00:56:02][72.8]
STARNES: [00:56:03] Do you do you think that the voters remember what the administration did to them two years ago in the early stages of the pandemic, the church shutdowns, the punishing of people for singing hymns, the shutting down of the schools. You know, the mandatory mask? Do you think that’s going to have an impact on people voting? [00:56:22][19.0]
BLACKBURN: [00:56:24] You know, I do think it’s going to have an impact on people voting because this is new and fresh with them. And I have chuckles as Joe Biden has declared the pandemic over and then his handlers have had to go back and try to figure out how to continue the pandemic. They’re desperate to continue the pandemic and continue their control. But people have not gotten over the effect of the pandemic, and they did not like the lockdowns, the mandate, the loss of the ability to address the education of their children, looking at the learning loss of children, looking at lost wages and salaries and careers. And people are just saying, no, no, no, no, we are not going to play this game with you. [00:57:18][54.4]
STARNES: [00:57:19] And what I find fascinating is that the issues that they said they thought were going to drive people to the polls, abortion, the January six committee, even The New York Times and Washington Post are saying the committee is I’m just reading here “ineffective, tedious, a sermon that just won’t end.” And then abortion is ranked number 16 or 17 on a lot of the list I’ve seen about issues that are important to voters, Senator. [00:57:44][25.1]
BLACKBURN: [00:57:46] Well, yeah. And people that rank abortion, not all of them are pro-abortion. Many of them are pro-life. Right. And what has been so interesting to me, Todd, is I have talked to women, whether I’m here in Tennessee or around the country, for some of my colleagues. And people will say, well, I don’t want a federal ban on abortion. I’m pro-life, but I don’t want a federal ban. Or they’ll say I’m pro-choice. I read online that the Dobbs decision put in place a federal ban. And when I say no, the Dobbs decision sent it back to the states and have them go online and look at what the Dobbs decision actually says, not what some pundits says about the Dobbs decision. Most people say, well, you mean that the state legislature is going to make those decisions. I said, yes, they will put in place the restrictions and regulations on abortion. Oh, well, okay. Now I’m for that. So what people here, what Dobbs actually did with putting the state in the driver’s seat on this issue. They’re fine with that. They actually prefer that. [00:59:04][77.9]
STARNES: [00:59:04] There you go, Senator. We’ve got about 20 seconds. And I have two of the most important questions. Number one, did you storm the field? And number two, did you smoke a cigar Saturday? [00:59:13][9.5]
BLACKBURN: [00:59:16] I did neither. But I wore my orange and we had a great day. [00:59:20][4.4]