U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego (D) has been a proponent of infrastructure spending in the past, mainly while Barack Obama was in office. Now that Donald Trump will take office, he is changing his tune. Last year, Gallego managed to secure for his district a $10.3 million TIGER grant from The Department of Transportation for the City of Phoenix’s Grand Canal Bike and Pedestrian Improvements Project.
Now that the infrastructure spending will come from a Republican Congress for a Republican President, Rep. Gallego released a statement lambasting Donald Trump’s infrastructure proposal and Democrats who are willing to work with him:
“Given everything we know about Donald Trump – and everything we don’t know – I was alarmed by the words of senior leaders from both the progressive and centrist wings of the party regarding their openness to working with Donald Trump on infrastructure. Unfortunately, his infrastructure plan is really a privatization scheme, rife with graft and corruption, whose real purpose is to enrich the Trump family and his supporters. He is not reaching out. He is reaching his hand into America’s pockets, just as he has his whole career. And we must not let him do it.”
Gallego, a Chicago native, took to the floor of the House of Representatives to praise President Obama and hit hard at Donald Trump:
“Trump is a threat to our values, our people, and our national identity…He is a sexual predator…Trump is a demagogue…”
Gallego was stopped during his floor speech several times and was asked to “refrain from engaging in personalities towards the president-elect”
Trump is no ordinary politician &we can't treat him like one. We can't help him scam our country. We must put every effort into stopping him pic.twitter.com/drfBWdT2CL
— Ruben Gallego (@RepRubenGallego) November 17, 2016