Bernie Blasts Carrier Deal: Company 'Took Trump Hostage and Won'
In an op-ed published Thursday by The Washington Post, former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders criticized President-elect Donald Trump's recent deal with the air-conditioning corporation Carrier to keep at least 1,000 manufacturing jobs in Indiana.
Carrier, whose parent company is United Technologies, will receive $7 million in tax breaks over the next 10 years, Fox News has confirmed.
"We need a president who can stand up to big corporations, not fold to their demands," Sanders wrote.
"Instead of a damn tax, the company will be rewarded with a damn tax cut. Wow! How's that for standing up to corporate greed? How's that for punishing corporations that shut down in the United States and move abroad? In essence, United Technologies took Trump hostage and won. And that should send a shock wave of fear through all workers across the country."
TownHall.com political editor Guy Benson and Fox News contributor Jessica Tarlov joined Shannon Bream Thursday on America's News HQ to discuss Sanders' remarks.
"Bernie Sanders inhabits a fantasy world of socialism where the government can come in and wave a magic wand and force all these jobs and companies to stay here while taxing them more and placing more burdens on job creators," Benson said. "That is not how the economy works. That is economic illiteracy from Bernie Sanders, which is not exactly surprising."
Tarlov said Sanders' strongest point from the op-ed was pointing out that this deal could signal to companies that if they threaten to move, they could then demand similar tax breaks.
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