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Published 7:37 am, Monday, April 10, 2017
Buc-ee’s can be compared to a lot of things in life, like a bathroom heaven or the one-stop shop for everything on a road trip. But what it is harder to tie to is politics.
CBS’ “Meet the Press” hosts discovered this Sunday morning after the Texas-based convenience store chain entered a political discussion about restaurant and dining options that represent the factions inside President Donald Trump’s White House. Story continues below.
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“Meet the Press” guest New York Times columnist David Brooks said that supporters of Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner eat at “a fancy restaurant in New York called Cipriani,” while supporters of Steve Bannon, the White House Chief Strategist, are more likely seen at a Texas Buc-ee’s.
Social media quickly wondered if Brooks has actually been in a Buc-ee’s, since it is the five-star version of gas station stops. Click through the slideshow above to see the social media reactions to the bold claim made by Brooks about the Texas chain.
Below is the transcript of the “Meet the Press” discussion Sunday morning.
CHUCK TODD: Back now with the panel, there is a lot of palace intrigue this week. Here are the headlines all there, they were all semi-Bannon related. Steve Bannon, the chief strategist there, Rich Lowry what do you make of it? Because, and do you connect Bannon being kicked off the National Security Council. Two days later, something that he argued against, a Syria strike happens. It’s clear that if it’s Bannon versus the president’s son-in-law, Bannon is losing.
RICH LOWRY: Yeah, it’s not hard to handicap that one because there is only one person who can’t be fired in that equation. And, if the Democrats take over, and this is one bizarre thing about this administration, you have Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, who wouldn’t be within a hundred miles of any other Republican administration. If they take over, I think you will see probably a less chaotic White House, but on policy I would worry anything that might be embarrassing at a dinner party with Anna Wintour will either be jettisoned or significantly softened.
DAVID BROOKS: That is to me…I do think son-in-laws do get fired, by the way, some of them. It’s like a philosophical difference almost. There is a fancy restaurant in New York called Cipriani, which is sort of the Jared Kushner wing of the Republican party–
RICH LOWRY: David has never been there–
DAVID BROOKS: I have never been there, but I have walked by it. Then there is a bunch of truck stops in Texas called Buc-ee’s which is the Steve Bannon wing and they are very different parts of America and which is this administration going to orient around – that’s fundamentally a philosophical question and it is hard to have a single strategic administration where you’re trying to be Cipriani’s and Buc-ee’s at the same time.
CHUCK TODD: And going back to the President’s son-in-law, at the end of the day, you can’t have a troika if one of them can’t be fired.
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