Senator Elizabeth Warren’s new economic plan got a warm reception from an unlikely place Wednesday: Fox News’ Tucker Carlson.
Following the release of Warren’s so-called “economic patriotism” plan Tuesday, which called for more government intervention on behalf of workers, new rules on how companies can use federal research and development funding, and improved apprenticeship programs, Carlson praised her ideas and said the Democratic presidential candidate sounded like “Donald Trump at his best.”
Beginning with a lengthy quote from Warren’s Medium post describing the plan, the conservative host warned viewers to “brace yourself” before delivering the surprise news: The quote was not from a Republican politician, but from liberal Democrat Elizabeth Warren.
“It’s just pure, old fashioned economics, how to preserve good-paying American jobs. Even more remarkable, many of Warren’s policy prescriptions make obvious sense. She says the US government should buy American products when it can, and of course it should. She says we need more workplace apprenticeship programs because four-year college degrees aren’t right for everyone. Well, that’s true.”
Of course, Carlson still managed a few digs at the Massachusetts senator, mocking her support for a number of Democratic policy planks.
“There’s not a word about identity politics in the document, there are no hysterics about gun control or climate change, there’s no lecture about the plight of transgender illegal immigrants,” Carlson said.
The boost was especially surprising given Warren’s well-documented opposition to Fox News, an organization she calls a “hate for profit scam.” She has refused to take part in a town hall-style televised event even on the network unlike other Democratic presidential candidates, including Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg. Warren recently told hosts of “The View” that she would not hesitate to reach out to Fox viewers, but argued appearing on air for an hour was a way for the network to restore credibility as a mainstream organization as advertisers flee in the wake of a number of racist incidents.
Carlson used his agreement with Warren’s economic plan to pivot to a more pressing point: Support for Trump’s tariff threat against Mexico, which he called an “innovative” solution to illegal immigration. However, Senate Republicans have threatened to block any move to impose such tariffs, calling them a tax on American companies.
For her part, Warren is no supporter of Trump’s tariff threat, either, calling it “random dart throwing” that “ain’t helping anybody.”