Ford pickups have been an all-American classic for nearly 50 years, but some liberal critics say that love should end because they’re getting bigger, bulkier and more dangerous.
A a new Axios report Small pickup trucks found have all but disappeared from the market to accommodate changing lifestyles and Americans’ obsession with bigger and better.
However, some experts say the onslaught of oversized trucks poses a greater danger to pedestrians and other drivers — who are rarely seen in blind spots — because of how high the trucks sit. Gasoline guzzlers are also a growing concern as companies try to transition from fossil fuels to electric vehicles.
Fox News contributor Molly Hemingway said it’s “no surprise” the left wants to take away the trucks.
“America was built on trucks. I mean, it was the trucks (that) helped build everything that matters in this country,” Hemingway explained on Tuesday’s “Outnumbered.”
“(Lefts) don’t like people controlling their lives. And that’s what a growing authoritarian impulse on the left, which must be stopped. But you pray that … people care enough about it that they resist it.”
Co-host Emily Campagno argued that Axios paints a bigger picture, that trucks are now simply status symbols.
“They talked about the fact that the number of sleeping places and taxi drivers is not as great as before, and that the city streets are just poor people. (But) you know, when I was working on a ranch in Montana, and it was great, there were fires, horses were being driven like that, cattle were being driven like that, and I can’t imagine Prius going there with a 24-horse trailer and evacuate them to safety. I just don’t see it,” she said.
Washington Post columnist Mark Thiessen agreed, noting that the left is “an authoritarian movement that wants to tell you how to live your life.”
“Most conservatives say, look, if you want your electric stove and your electric car, go ahead and live your life, stay awake, enjoy yourself. And maybe if you make them good enough and cheap enough, one day I will buy one too. But this is not enough for the left,” Thiessen explained.
“They don’t want you to live your life. They want to tell you how to live your life. We’re going to say no, you’re not going to drive gasoline truck. And no, you won’t have a gas stove. You’re going to have an electric stove because every building, a new building in New York, can’t have gas anymore.”
“Nothing is immune to the overly critical views of the left,” Campagno said.