A bridge collapsed in Pittsburgh on Friday just hours before President Joe Biden arrived in the city to tout his $1.2 trillion infrastructure law — and just hours after Fox News’ Tucker Carlson warned that America’s bridges were “falling apart.”
So where is all that infrastructure money going?
THE BRIDGE: The collapse of the 52-year-old bridge, which spans a ravine in Pittsburgh’s Frick Park, resulted in at least 10 injuries and a “massive” gas leak, according to city officials.
"I've driven across this bridge thousands of times … it's surreal, the entire span of the bridge has collapsed"
— New Day (@NewDay) January 28, 2022
During rush hour, the bridge was typically crowded, but the steel-framed structure came down early in the snowy morning, when only three or four cars and a bus were crossing, said Darryl Jones, the Pittsburgh fire chief.
- Biden began his afternoon remarks in Pittsburgh by saying the collapse proved the need for the Democratic infrastructure package that passed last fall with some GOP support.
- “We’re gonna rebuild that bridge along with thousands of other bridges in Pennsylvania and across the country,” Biden said.
- “That’s part of how we’re going to build a better America, and that’s what I wanna talk to you about today.”
THE WARNING: On his talk show Thursday night, Carlson quantified the scale of America’s “crumbling infrastructure” and accused the Biden administration of failing to fix the problem.
“According to the American Society of Civil Engineers … there are more than 617,000 bridges in this country, and as of tonight, more than 46,000 of those bridges are considered ‘structurally deficient,'” Carlson said.
- “That means they’re in terrible shape. Kind of a big deal for a bridge.”
Carlson predicted America would not be rebuilt by the likes of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg — “a guy who literally couldn’t fix the potholes in South Bend, Indiana, [and] is now the transportation secretary.”
- “But he breastfeeds, so it’s equity,” Carlson quipped, alluding to Buttigieg’s stint as a small-town mayor and his recent same-sex adoption of twins.
- Carlson also mocked Buttigieg for his recent comments that “our top priorities” include “equity” and climate” and that “we’re working with a lot of focus” on funding “workers of color” and women rather than people who are “white and male.”
- Said Carlson: “When the country applauded $1.2 trillion going to fixing the roads, bridges and buildings, a lot of us were dumb enough to think that’s what might actually happen.”