Tea Party Rep. David Brat (R-VA) squirmed on Wednesday when CNN’s John Berman asked him whether he thought American taxpayers should foot the bill for President Donald Trump’s proposed massive military parade.
After Berman initially asked Brat whether it was really worth paying millions of dollars so Trump could parade tanks and missiles down Pennsylvania Avenue, Brat initially sounded a note of caution about the parade.
“I’m going to wait to see the details on the military parade,” he said. “I heard it reported. I don’t know what it is yet. I love a good parade but don’t like spending money. We’ll see what the details look like.”
Berman asked him if he’d sign off on the parade if it cost taxpayers money.
“Well, I mean, most parades cost taxpayer dollars, that’s what I’m saying,” he said. “I can’t make a comment on that.”
Berman refused to let him off the hook, however, and told him that he certainly can make a comment on it given that Congress holds the government’s purse strings.
Brat responded by attacking the Democratic Party.
“Well, what’s too much [money] since we’re doing policy, the Democrat tax plan,” he began.
“No, no, no!” Berman interrupted. “How much would be too much for the parade? How expensive would be too expensive? Give me a price tag.”
“You’re spending a lot of time on this,” Brat countered. “The Democrats raise taxes!”
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