<p>但这种框架是误导性的。这是真的<em>congressional</em>共和党人反对这一法案，并且没有任何拜登可以做的，他可以做出任何让人，这将诱使共和党人投票给它。但是与实际的公众？好吧，这账单很大。它甚至是一个<em>bipartisan </em>hit. </p>
<div class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="addc72cafb64b7256a645ed75a3b9803" id="e4fc5"><blockquote class="twitter-tweet twitter-custom-tweet" data-partner="rebelmouse" data-twitter-tweet-id="1377341551702065159"><div style="margin:1em 0">Buried in the new Morning Consult/Politico poll is an eye-popping statistic: Voters by a 2-to-1 margin prefer a $3… //t.co/BCuxgjUgLF</div> — Sahil Kapur (@Sahil Kapur)<a href="//twitter.com/sahilkapur/statuses/1377341551702065159">1617218790.0</a></blockquote></div>
<p>This follows polling from <a href="//www.dataforprogress.org/blog/2021/3/23/voters-support-the-build-back-better-plan" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Data for Progress that shows 69% of Americans support the plan</a>, including half of Republicans.</p><p>Republican politicians oppose the bill, alright, but it's because<em> </em>the bill is popular. The entire GOP political strategy, <a href="//www.salon.com/2021/01/22/mcconnells-plan-to-derail-democrats-takeover--and-nuke-the-economy---is-already-in-full-swing/" target="_blank">led by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell</a>, is to block popular bills, and <a href="//www.salon.com/2020/12/02/mitch-mcconnells-campaign-to-sabotage-bidens-presidency-begins-in-earnest/" target="_blank">then run against Democrats for not getting anything done</a>. If that means Republicans screwing over their own constituents, so be it.</p><p>The real story of the infrastructure bill is not, it turns out, one of a country divided against itself. It's a story about how unpopular the Republican agenda is. It's why the <a href="//www.salon.com/2021/03/25/republicans-know-their-war-on-voting-is-racist--so-theyre-barely-bothering-to-defend-it/" target="_blank">GOP has increasingly focused its resources on preventing Americans</a>, <a href="//www.salon.com/2021/03/26/republicans-openly-embrace-their-racism-in-trumps-absence/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">especially people of color,</a> from even having a chance to register their opinions at the ballot box. And it shows why right wing media so desperately clings to B.S. stories like <a href="//www.salon.com/2021/02/26/why-are-conservatives-are-losing-their-minds-over-the-mr-potato-head-rebrand/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">the fake controversy over Potato Head's gender</a> or <a href="//www.salon.com/2021/03/02/dr-seuss-cancel-culture-books-biden/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">absurd claims that Dr. Seuss is being "cancelled</a>." Republicans need to keep the diminishing number of voters they do have distracted by culture war nonsense, no matter how fake it is, so those Americans don't notice that Democrats keep trying to do stuff those voters like. </p><p><span></span>"[C]ulture war filler narratives intended to excite and outrage right-wing audiences are taking up an increasingly large amount of airtime," <a href="//www.mediamatters.org/fox-news/no-war-culture-war-why-right-wing-media-cant-stop-finding-things-be-outraged-over" target="_blank">Parker Molloy writes in an analysis at Media Matters</a>, pointing to how, on Fox News, manufactured controversies over children's books and toys crowded out <a href="//www.mediamatters.org/coronavirus-covid-19/whats-behind-right-wing-medias-curious-lack-interest-19-trillion" target="_blank">coverage of Biden's coronavirus relief package</a>, which is also broadly popular.</p><p>"Unable or unwilling to adjust its actual policy positions to fall more in line with public opinion, the Republican Party has instead opted to play to its base's sense of grievance and victimhood," Molloy concludes. </p><p><span></span>Republicans are facing a conundrum, however. Many of them are <a href="//www.salon.com/2021/03/11/how-democrats-successfully-silenced-republican-opposition-to-bidens-covid-relief-bill/" target="_blank">beginning to question whether it was the right call to use the strategy</a> of ignoring the Biden's last big bill, the American Rescue Plan, and distracting their voters with bright and shiny objects like the gender identity of toys. It might have kept the base riled up, but it did nothing to stop the bill, which is likely going to be a big boost to Biden's re-election prospects.</p><p><span></span>So they're trying something else with the infrastructure plan: Lying about it wildly, and trying to turn it into a culture war issue of the Potato Head/Seuss variety.</p><p><span></span><a href="//www.cnbc.com/2021/03/31/mcconnell-calls-bidens-2-trillion-infrastructure-plan-a-trojan-horse-slams-tax-hikes-.html" target="_blank">Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell</a> kicked off this strategy Wednesday, arguing that the bill is not really an infrastructure bill at all, but a "Trojan horse" for some secret progressive agenda, and falsely claiming that the bill "would spend more money just on electric cars than on America's roads, bridges, ports, airports, and waterways."</p><p>In reality, <a href="//www.vox.com/2021/3/31/22357179/biden-two-trillion-infrastructure-jobs-plan-explained" target="_blank">the $621 billion earmarked for roads and bridges is the biggest part of the bill</a> and is three and a half times more money than the $174 billion geared towards moving more Americans to electric cars. In addition, the bill has $100 billion to expand broadband internet to rural areas, <a href="//wfpl.org/the-long-wait-as-lawmakers-prioritize-broadband-rural-communities-wonder-when-it-will-reach-them/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">a longstanding issue in McConnell's state</a>, and another $100 billion to modernize the nation's electrical grid, something that <a href="//www.salon.com/2021/02/17/gop-response-to-the-texas-winter-storms-steals-directly-from-trumps-sadistic-covid-19-playbook/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">the recent weather crisis in Texas highlighted</a> as an overdue need. Plus, there's $213 billion to improve building infrastructure, including schools and veteran's hospitals. </p><p>In other words, it's a bunch of stuff that would really benefit red Americans as much as blue Americans. But it's quickly becoming clear that Republicans are going to adopt a strategy of hand-waving facts away in favor of freaking out about the environmentalist provisions, as if weatherizing buildings to make them more energy efficient is a direct assault on American manhood itself. In other words, they're going to try to turn this into the kind of culture war issue that gets their base going. </p><p><span></span>Sean Hannity rolled out this strategy for <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/media/hannity-biden-infrastructure-bill-doomed-to-fail" target="_blank">covering the infrastructure bill</a> Wednesday night, when he took a potshot at the $80 billion "marked as a handout to Amtrak." That's only a small fraction of the bill — and a necessary one, since Amtrak is crucial to the densest parts of America. Still, right wing media has spent decades training their audience to hate and fear trains and other forms of public transportation as exotic forms of transportation for the "coastal elite." It might not be as exciting to Hannity's audience as Potato Head — or as the viciously racist propaganda against undocumented immigrant schoolkids he pivoted to during the same episode — but it gives his viewers a reason to believe this bill is "liberal" instead of an investment meant to help all Americans.</p><p><span></span><a href="//www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-infrastructure-plan-is-exhibit-a-in-the-paradox-of-bidenism/2021/03/31/5caa454e-9263-11eb-bb49-5cb2a95f4cec_story.html" target="_blank">As E.J. Dionne at the Washington Post writes</a>, Biden's plans are oriented around the idea that "active government can foster economic growth, spread wealth to those now left out, and underwrite research and investment to produce a cleaner environment and a more competitive tech sector," but come "wrapped in a big but thoroughly traditional government spending program that offers a lot of things to a lot of constituencies." Including, importantly, voters in rural and suburban areas who have also suffered from decades of neglect under Republican leadership.</p><p><span></span>Roads are popular. Schools are popular. Broadband internet is really popular. People want these things and Republican want to continue denying the public even the most basic of government services. Right wing media's singular goal will be to distract their audiences from these basic facts. They would rather talk about anything but their party's own policies, which even their own voters would realize stink — if they ever turned off conservative media long enough to hear about it.</p>
On Thursday morning, 福克斯新闻发表了一份声明 否认Gaetz的报告是保守的有线电视新闻网络有兴趣雇用他。
"没有任何级别的权力级别与Matt Gaetz的对话，我们的任何平台都没有雇佣他，" the network said.
"Matt Gaetz hasn'自周三早上以来福克斯新闻提到了T，"Vox Reporter Aaron Rupar在Twitter上注意到。
Later in the evening, Rupar noted that Sean Hannity did not ask Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) or House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) about the Florida Republican's scandals.</p><div class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="4731bfc55d5305606f8ae2005607b8de" id="bd781"><blockquote class="twitter-tweet twitter-custom-tweet" data-partner="rebelmouse" data-twitter-tweet-id="1377799379793371136"><div style="margin:1em 0">House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy was just on Hannity. He was not asked about Gaetz. //t.co/Nxono93Klx</div> — Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)<a href="//twitter.com/atrupar/statuses/1377799379793371136">1617327945.0</a></blockquote></div><p>Watch the Tucker Carlson interview:</p><div class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="5ea62b28d4b00b66ca403f3fa4561bf2" id="79143"><blockquote class="twitter-tweet twitter-custom-tweet" data-partner="rebelmouse" data-twitter-tweet-id="1377089176269697032"><div style="margin:1em 0">Yeah, Gaetz isn’t ever gonna be a guest on Tucker again. //t.co/2h3JAt5UzD</div> — Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@Molly Jong-Fast🏡)<a href="//twitter.com/MollyJongFast/statuses/1377089176269697032">1617158619.0</a></blockquote></div>
<p>Gaetz has denied paying for sex.</p><p>"The Justice Department inquiry <a href="//www.nytimes.com/2021/03/30/us/politics/matt-gaetz-sex-trafficking-investigation.html" target="_blank" title="">is also examining</a> whether Mr. Gaetz had sex with a 17-year-old girl and whether she received anything of material value, according to four people familiar with the investigation. The sex trafficking count against Mr. Greenberg involved the same girl, according to two people briefed on the investigation," The Times reported. "The authorities have also investigated whether other men connected to Mr. Gaetz and Mr. Greenberg had sex with the 17-year-old, two of the people said."</p><p>There are receipts.</p><p>"The Times has reviewed receipts from Cash App, a mobile payments app, and Apple Pay that show payments from Mr. Gaetz and Mr. Greenberg to one of the women, and a payment from Mr. Greenberg to a second woman. The women told their friends that the payments were for sex with the two men, according to two people familiar with the conversations," the newspaper reported. "Some of the men and women took ecstasy, an illegal hallucinogenic drug, before having sex, including Mr. Gaetz, two people familiar with the encounters said."</p><p>Gaetz reportedly sought to get more people involved in the prostitution scheme.</p><p>"In some cases, Mr. Gaetz asked women to help find others who might be interested in having sex with him and his friends, according to two people familiar with those conversations. Should anyone inquire about their relationships, one person said, Mr. Gaetz told the women to say that he had paid for hotel rooms and dinners as part of their dates," the newspaper reported. "The F.B.I. has questioned multiple women involved in the encounters, including as recently as January, to establish details of their relationships with Mr. Gaetz and his friends, according to text messages and two people familiar with the interviews."</p><p>The newspaper described one of websites.</p><p>"One of the sites the men met women through was called Seeking Arrangement, which <a href="//www.seeking.com/about-us" target="_blank" title="">describes itself</a> as a place where wealthy people find attractive companions and pamper them 'with fine dinners, exotic trips and allowances.' The site's founder has said it has <a href="//www.nytimes.com/2018/10/15/style/sugar-dating-seeking-arrangement.html" target="_blank" title="">20 million members worldwide</a>. The F.B.I. mentioned the website in a conversation with at least one potential witness, according to a person familiar with the conversation," the newspaper reported.</p><div class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="d5a6746cd7dc4ef83e85efb68e7dbc77" id="f2685"><blockquote class="twitter-tweet twitter-custom-tweet" data-partner="rebelmouse" data-twitter-tweet-id="1377798180021137411"><div style="margin:1em 0">NEW: One woman who Gaetz and Greenberg had sex with had sex with an unidentified associate of theirs in FLA Republi… //t.co/Qcl2Xx1jqa</div> — Michael S. Schmidt (@Michael S. Schmidt)<a href="//twitter.com/nytmike/statuses/1377798180021137411">1617327659.0</a></blockquote></div><p><br/></p>