Plain Talk: "A new realm of virtue signalling"

Rep. Kelly Armstrong speaks to community members in Dickinson State University's Beck Auditorium Tuesday. (Kayla Henson / The Dickinson Press)

On this episode of the Plain Talk podcast, U.S. Rep. Kelly Armstrong, R-N.D., recounts being lectured about not wearing a mask by a reporter who was wearing a mask, albeit around his neck and not up over his mouth and nose.

"All this is turning into a new realm of virtue signaling," he said.

Will Congress pass more relief legislation for the COVID-19 pandemic? Armstrong thinks so. "There is going to be more legislation," he said, adding that he hopes it's "targeted" unlike a new proposal being touted by Democrats, which has a price tag "north of $2 trillion."

"I don't see how that's responsible," Armstrong said.


He also addressed the announced closure of the Coal Creek Station power plant, and a federal judge in Montana who created chaos with infrastructure projects across the country with a national injunction he ordered in a suit against the Keystone XL pipeline that is before his court.

Will Congress seek to limit the authority of the courts to do that sort of thing? "No," Armstrong said bluntly. "We aren't. I wish we would."

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Opinion by Rob Port
Rob Port is a news reporter, columnist, and podcast host for the Forum News Service. He has an extensive background in investigations and public records. He has covered political events in North Dakota and the upper Midwest for two decades. Reach him at Click here to subscribe to his Plain Talk podcast.
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