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A division of the IRS that has existed for more than a century is getting a lot of attention on social media and conservative media.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson led a segment on his Aug. 4, 2022, show by telling his audience to be worried because the government is "treating the IRS as a military agency" and "stockpiling" ammunition. He asked guest U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., "Why would the IRS need millions of dollars worth of guns and ammo?"
Gaetz replied, "Well, Joe Biden is raising taxes, disarming Americans, so of course they are arming up the IRS like they are preparing to take Fallujah."
Gaetz's comments about Biden came after Carlson cited reports from 2018 and 2020 about IRS spending on weapons and ammunition — expenditures that happened before Biden took office. Gaetz went on to say that the IRS has also spent $731,000 this year — he didn’t say specifically on what — "to quite literally weaponize your country against you."