Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) told the Todd Starnes Show the Biden administration’s response to Ukraine is signaling weakness to the rest of our enemies around the world.
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The following is a rush transcript from The Todd Starnes Radio Show. Listen to the program live Monday – Friday from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m. Click here to listen to the full interview.
TODD STARNES [01:40:41] I want to go to the Patriot Mobile Newsmaker Line here in our beautiful Liberty University Studios. Our good friend, the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, Congressman Scott Perry from Pennsylvania is with us. Hey, Congressman! [01:40:52][11.2]
SCOTT: [01:40:54] Todd, great to be on with you and great to be on with the people who love liberty from Liberty. So, thank you very much for the opportunity. [01:41:00][6.5]
TODD: [01:41:01] You know, Congressman, I saw a report from The Associated Press yesterday, and I’m just getting a little confused. You know, we stand with the Ukrainian people. We support them in their effort to repel the invading Russian armies. But at the same time, you’ve got the president of Ukraine now coming out and saying, well, we’re really not interested in joining NATO, after all. What’s going on here? I mean, are we are we right to be confused? Are we right to ask questions? [01:41:30][29.2]
SCOTT: [01:41:32] Well look, you know, I think we might do the same thing in his shoes. He’s trying to save his country and the people in his country against the invaders who don’t care. They’re killing people indiscriminately. They don’t mind bombing civilian targets as opposed to military targets. He’s trying to do whatever he can, in my opinion, to stop the bleeding, to stop the fighting, to stop the destruction of the country that he represents, and he loves. And so, I think he’s going to say things like that and see if that can that can offer some respite and some place where there can be a discussion or a cessation of hostilities. And, you know, an opening up of a place where there can be some way to bridge this problem and solve the impasse here. Quite honestly, I think what it does show too is that Vladimir Putin never really was interested, or concerned, or paranoid, as we’ve been told, about NATO. Vladimir Putin is trying to reconstitute the Soviet Union, and I think that by doing what Zelensky did, it calls him out because if that’s the reason, then the fighting would stop immediately, right? But that’s not the reason. [01:42:48][75.8]
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TODD: [01:42:48] No, it’s not. And again, I don’t believe that that’s going to stop what’s happened. I don’t think that Putin is going to withdraw the troops. I’m with you. I think we should have been believing Putin from day one. Donald Trump was warning us about this. You know, even back in the day, Mitt Romney was warning us about Russia. So, everybody knew the danger was there. And now here we are. And the question is, what is the Biden administration going to do about it? [01:43:16][27.3]
SCOTT: [01:43:17] Well, I think what you’re seeing them do is what they’re going to do about it, which is stand back and telegraph weakness to the rest of the despots and enemies of the United States around the world. And sure, you know, we’re doing what we can to help provide Ukraine with either defensive or offensive weapons as you see them. But let’s face it, it’s obviously too little, too late and too much of the Biden woke and Green New Deal agenda that has opened the door for Russia to do this. And of course, our enemies are looking at it as well. And of course, part of the solution, if you’re Joe Biden is to turn to Venezuela or is to turn literally to Iran. You know, it’s just been reported that Iran was seeking to find assassins for the United States to kill John Bolton and Mike Pompeo, the former Secretary of State. And so the fact that we would even consider turning to those states as opposed to turning to the state of Texas or the state of North Dakota, or my goodness, how about the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, who’s sitting on top of Marcellus shale gas and oil, the Utica shale gas and oil? We’ve got great resources here and quite honestly, we can probably starve out Russia’s war machine from an economic standpoint, if we would just help Americans buy their gas at the pump for less than $4.35 or $5 a gallon. But he won’t do it [01:44:50][92.8]
TODD: [01:44:55] You know, Congressman, I watched Kamala Harris’s performance in Poland just the other day in Louisiana. Are Democrats seeing the same thing the rest of us are when it comes to Kamala Harris? [01:45:09][13.5]
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SCOTT: [01:45:10] I’m sure they’re seeing it, but they’re not going to say anything, right? Democrats, unlike Republicans, never admit they’re wrong, and they never apologize for the things they do, including destroying the country. We’re all embarrassed to the point where it almost defies description. You don’t even know what to say after one of those performances. It’s so embarrassing and humiliating. But look, they’re not going to own it, and they’re not going to do anything to change it, and they’ll actually stick up for it at the end of the day. Because to them, even if it means the destruction of the country, it’s more important to have a leftist in office than it is to admit your failures or certainly the failures of the leftist policies. [01:45:55][45.1]
TODD: [01:45:56] You see, I do wonder, congressman, if there have been talks within the Democrat circles about Joe Biden, I mean, they know that his mental faculties aren’t where they should be. But I think they’ve looked at Kamala Harris, and they realize the better deal is to keep Biden where he is in that condition. [01:46:14][18.5]
SCOTT: [01:46:15] Every day we wake up, right? And we think, how could it get any worse? We can’t believe it’s as bad as it is. We think it literally can’t get any worse. Yet, every single day, we seem to be surprised that we wake up and something is even more profoundly absurd than the day before. But I think that you’re probably right, the most profound absurdity would be somehow if she were to ascend to the presidency, and that’s beyond the intellectual grasp of all Americans, including the left, although they’ll never admit it. [01:46:49][34.1]
TODD: [01:46:50] Good point. Congressman, how are gas prices in your neck of the woods? [01:46:53][3.2]
SCOTT: [01:46:54] Well, they’re high, and we just got gas today at about $4.40 a gallon, still record high. I think it did subside a little bit, but of course, it has nothing to do with the Biden administration. [01:47:07][13.2]
TODD: [01:47:08] Of course not. [01:47:09][0.5]
SCOTT: [01:47:10] You know, they’re not helping. It’s that the world market has settled into the fact that there’s going to be a war in Ukraine with Russia and that there’s going to be some volatility in who’s buying gas, but it’s fungible, just like money. And so, the Russians are still going to sell their gas on the market. We’re just going to buy it from some other despot, apparently, instead of making our own. And that’s what would really make the difference. And so, people are feeling it, whether it’s at the pump directly, or of course, when they go to the grocery store, when they go buy a to 2 by 4, or when they go to their kids dance lesson. They’re feeling it in every single thing they do. And it’s important that Republicans, in particular, conservatives certainly, make sure that all the American people make the connection to the Biden administration policies. Because Todd, this is just the beginning. The people see it at the gas pump, but what they don’t realize is that this whole push to the Green New Deal is not really just about you driving an electric vehicle. It’s actually about you not driving at all. Because in California, you know where they’re trying to push electric vehicles now, they’re saying you can only plug in at certain times, because the grid can’t handle it. The grid can’t handle any of this, especially when we’re closing down a power producing facilities. I live in the shadow of Three Mile Island. It shut down, and the left wants to shut down almost all power producing facilities unless they are wind and solar, and a modern economy can’t run on that, and they know that, but they don’t care. What they want you to do is either drive an electric vehicle if you must drive at all. But, they prefer you to take mass transit. I’m on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee; they want to move that out into rural areas to give you that option. But the last option at all is a fossil fuel driven vehicle. But what they really prefer is you not driving at all, and they’re going to start controlling it. That’s where we’re headed. They’re going to control, if you drive, when you drive, and where you drive. [01:49:06][116.2]
TODD: [01:49:07] That’s it. Congressman, we’re going to have to leave it there, but you’re spot on accurate there, sir. Appreciate the great work you’re doing and the great work the House Freedom Caucus is doing. [01:49:15][8.1]
SCOTT: [01:49:16] Well, thank you, Todd. God bless you and your audience. We ask you to stay in the fight with us. [01:49:20][4.1]