A lot has changed for JD Vance since 2015. His memoir, Hillbilly Elegy, was often cited when experts tried to explain why Donald Trump connected with poor rural voters.
And Vance was no fan of Trump. In 2016, he tweeted, “Trump makes people I care about afraid. Immigrants, Muslims, etc. Because of this I find him reprehensible. God wants better of us.” He has since deleted those messages.
But now, Vance is all in on Team Trump. And he’s hoping to get the president’s support in the upcoming Ohio senate primary. And like the former president, Vance almost never talks about policy and focuses completely on culture war issues.
For example, the author spent the morning on Fox & Friends railing against a recent congressional initiative aimed at hiring more female truckers.
“There’s a new government bureaucracy created in this infrastructure package that is basically targeted at the problem of too many men driving big rigs,” Vance told Fox News. “This is an actual provision in the legislation.”
The senate hopeful continued, “Why do we need to spend taxpayer money to try to get fewer men and more women into the big rig profession? It doesn’t make any sense. The problem here is not that we don’t need infrastructure. We do. The problem is they are spending money on the wrong things.”
Watch a clip of the segment below, courtesy of the Fox News network:
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