Fox News host Chris Wallace accused President Biden’s Transportation Secretary, Pete Buttigieg of purposefully attempting to mislead Americans about the number of jobs Biden’s infrastructure bill would create. Buttigieg attempted to claim the $2 trillion bill would create 19 million jobs. Wallace put Buttigieg on the spot about his misleading comments saying, “Why not be straight about the conditions in the U.S. to the American people?” and asking “why mislead folks?”
The Daily Wire reports:
Buttigieg replied, “Well, the American people already know our infrastructure needs a lot of work. … The American Society of Civil Engineers rates our infrastructure. We’ve been getting a lot of Cs and Ds.” There is “extraordinary Republican and Independent and Democratic support for this package among the American people,” Buttigieg claimed.
“Not necessarily in Congress, however,” Wallace pointed out. “I want to give you another fact check: All of you in the Biden administration have been selling this plan as a huge jobs creator. Here you are last Sunday.”
Wallace then played a clip of Buttigieg appearing on NBC’s “Meet The Press” and claiming, “The American jobs plan is about a generational investment. It’s gonna create 19 million jobs and we’re talking about economic growth that’s gonna go on years and years.”
Wallace noted, “But it turns out the study you’re citing from Moody’s Analytics says the economy will add 16.3 million jobs without the infrastructure bill and 2.7 million more with it. So it doesn’t, as you said last Sunday, create 19 million jobs. Again, Secretary Buttigieg, why mislead folks?”
As Buttigieg poorly attempted to clarify his comments Wallace pushed back, “Right. But two million. Two million, not 19 million.”