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A bridge in Pittsburgh collapsed Friday morning only hours before President Joe Biden was set to arrive in town to brag about his “signature bipartisan infrastructure law.”
“Biden heads to Pittsburgh Friday to highlight the infrastructure law, which the White House has often said is meant to address the nation’s crumbling bridges. He is scheduled to speak at Carnegie Mellon University at Mill 19,” according to Bloomberg.
But hours before his speech, the Fern Hollow Bridge in Pittsburgh’s largest municipal park, Frick Park, collapsed. The park sits about three miles from where the president is slated to speak.
Thankfully, there were no fatalities or life-threatening injuries, though three of the 10 people injured were taken to a hospital.
Aside from the broken bridge and non-life-threatening injuries, there appeared to be nothing else other than deep symbolism, as noted below by Fox Business Network host Charles Payne:
Umm…if you weren’t a conspiracy theorist before…
Bridge Collapses In Pittsburgh Before Biden Is Set To Visit To Talk About Infrastructure pic.twitter.com/XYL3l7UJ8O
— Charles V Payne (@cvpayne) January 28, 2022
Below are more photos and videos from the scene:
— Tony Ruffolo (@WPXITonyRuffolo) January 28, 2022
Been at the scene of the bridge collapse since earlier this morning.
So thankful to the first responders + to hear from them that there are no reported fatalities. pic.twitter.com/0VEE0osGJd
— John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) January 28, 2022
Every school day Melissa takes her daughter across the Pittsburgh bridge that collapsed this morning. Today there was a delay due to snow. Behind her, a Port Authority bus balances nose down in the wreckage. This hours ahead of Biden’s visit to the city to discuss infrastructure. pic.twitter.com/2uJsVjnF9u
— Stephanie Strasburg (@StephStrasburg) January 28, 2022
Reporter: “This bridge collapse happened on the day that the president’s heading here to talk about infrastructure. What does say about some of the improvements that need to be done?”
Pittsburgh official: “We need it.”
— ABC News (@ABC) January 28, 2022
A snow-covered bridge in Frick Park in Pittsburgh PA has collapsed … on the day Biden is visiting the city to speak about infrastructure.
There do not appear to be any deaths, still waiting on severity of any injuries. A natural gas line appears to be cut. pic.twitter.com/BvJN4tlvM0
— The Recount (@therecount) January 28, 2022
According to ABC News’ Rachel Scott, Pennsylvania has “the second-highest” number of “bridges in poor condition” in the United States.
PA currently boasts a Democrat governor, though the governorship tends to swing between parties. The mayorship of Pittsburgh, on the other hand, has remained in Democrat control since the mid-1930s.
Bridge collapse in Pittsburgh — just hours before the president lands to talk about infrastructure.
Pennsylvania has 3,353 bridges in poor condition — the second highest in the nation. pic.twitter.com/RrO5bCf5xn
— Rachel Scott (@rachelvscott) January 28, 2022
The president’s “signature bipartisan infrastructure law” was signed into law almost three months ago. Prior to its signing, however, critics complained that the bill had little to do with actual infrastructure. Included among these critics was Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn, a Republican.
“When I look at this legislation, what I see is a small part of this now-law is going to be focused on what we call traditional infrastructure, which is roads and bridges and runways and railways and broadband,” she said on Newsmax at the time.
“That is what Tennessee and I have wanted to see, and they’ve been so disappointed that this is being couched as something that was bipartisan when there was very little bipartisan support, and the bill is more about money for unions and money for the Green New Deal.”
And indeed, about a week before the president signed the deal, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg delivered remarks touting the legislation and saying it would fix the supposed issue of “racist” highway signs.
Pete Buttigieg hones in on ‘racist’ bridges and roadways with an assist from April Ryan – https://t.co/PtKrU0JIJg
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) November 9, 2021
Charles… You weren’t listening… Infrastructure is about equality… Not roads pic.twitter.com/kgh7Gjmk70
— Chris (@Chalks1972) January 28, 2022
Too bad so much if the “infrastructure money” will not be used to fund these kind of important #infrastructure projects.
— 🇺🇸Neanderthal Steve I am🇺🇸 (@SADC86) January 28, 2022
Some say all this — that nothing has changed in three months, and that so much of the bill had been about anything about infrastructure — proves that the bill was a “sham.”
But Democrats see things differently. To them, the bridge’s collapse is proof of why it was necessary to pass a bill that had barely anything to do with infrastructure.
BREAKING NEWS: A Pittsburgh bridge collapses just hours before President Biden is scheduled to visit the city to talk about the urgent need for infrastructure repairs. Three victims have been rushed to the hospital. RT IF YOU THINK THAT AMERICA NEEDS INFRASTRUCTURE REPAIRS NOW!
— Occupy Democrats (@OccupyDemocrats) January 28, 2022
Democrats also believe that the bridge’s collapse is further proof that Republicans are evil demons whose political careers deserve to “collapse.”
Look (*Language warning):
I hope the 200+ republicans who voted against the infrastructure bill see their political careers collapse like they were a bridge in Pittsburgh.
— Steve Hofstetter (@SteveHofstetter) January 28, 2022
The funny thing is that Republicans could lose family members to a tragedy like this bridge collapse and STILL say “Fuck the Infrastructure Bill!” because to be American is to cut your nose to spite your face. https://t.co/AqD9aQdI0Z
— Son of Baldwin (Robert Jones, Jr.) (@SonofBaldwin) January 28, 2022
To be clear, congressional Republicans are currently on track to retake all of Congress, so it seems quite unlikely that their political careers will be collapsing anytime soon. As for the president’s approval rating, it’s collapsed and can’t get back up …
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