While filming a segment earlier this month for his Fox News program, host Tucker Carlson lost his temper and told his guest, Dutch historian Rutger Bregman, to “go f–k yourself.”
Fox News wound up never airing the segment. It just disappeared into the dustbins of TV history up until this week, when Bregman shared audio footage from the segment with NowThis News. The footage promptly went viral, spurring condemnations from the far-left.
The “Tucker Carlson Tonight” host responded to the criticism Wednesday via a video shared to Twitter. He began by explaining that he’d invited the Dutch historian to the show to “congratulate” him for standing up to the hypocritical “global elites” at the World Economic Forum in Davos last month.
During the forum Bregman slammed the world’s “global elites” for not paying enough in taxes. Carlson, who of late has embraced left-wing-styled populism (much to the chagrin of other conservatives), found this rhetoric appealing and thus wanted to speak directly with the historian.
Except he wound up learning firsthand that there’s no such thing as negotiating with, compromising with or even merely seeing eye-to-eye with the radical far-left, because the hatred they feel for conservatives is the alpha and omega of their entire existence.
“Things went fine for the first few minutes and then Bregman launched into an attack on Fox News. It’s not clear that Bregman has ever seen Fox, but he wanted to make his point,” Carlson explained.
“Then he claimed that my corporate masters tell me what to say on the show and that was too much. Whatever my faults of those of this channel, nobody in management has ever told us what positions to take on the air. … So I did what I try hard never to do on this show and I was rude.”
He told Bregman to go “f–k yourself” and called him “f–king annoying.”
On Wednesday the Fox host apologized to his viewers for the profanity but made it clear his profane outburst had been heartfelt: “It was genuinely heartfelt. I meant it with total sincerity.”
But was it deserved? Watch parts one and two of the original interview below, and decide for yourself.
Part 1 of Rutger Bregman interview:
Part 2 of Rutger Bregman interview:
“The vast majority of Americans, for years and years now, according to the polls … are in favor of higher taxes for the rich. … But no one’s saying that at Davis, just as no one’s saying that at Fox News,” the historian’s attack on Fox began in part one. “Almost all of the pundits on this channel for years have been against higher taxes, right?”
But instead of being grateful to Carlson for keeping an open mind and making a sincere effort to better understand the left’s faulty pro-tax argument, the historian treated the Fox host — and his employer — like trash.
“So I think the issue really is one of corruption and one of people being bribed and not talking about the real issues. What the Murdochs basically want you to do is scapegoat immigrants rather than talk about tax avoidance,” he said, accusing the host of taking orders from the family that owns Fox.
“You are a millionaire funded by billionaires. That’s what you are. And I’m glad that you’ve finally jumped the bandwagon of people like Bernie Sanders and AOC, but you’re not part of the solution, Mr. Carlson. You’re part of the problem, actually.”
Fed-up with Bregman’s stunning trash-talking, the Fox host lost his temper and blurted out, “Why don’t you go f—- yourself, you tiny brain…moron!”
Can you blame him? Social media users say no:
I don’t blame you Tuck. There are many times Im screaming and cursing at the guests you have on your show and you just laugh. I dont know how you dont swear at all of them. I do. ? pic.twitter.com/luLkXuVV2i
— Happy 2019?? ??? (@a_degeatano) February 21, 2019
I don’t blame you for losing your cool. Dimwits are hard to deal with.
— Lucrecia ?? (@Lucreci02817561) February 21, 2019
Great job!!! Don’t blame you one bit.
— Marty Smith (@commonman_marty) February 21, 2019
@TuckerCarlson i don’t blame you for letting your guest have it. Don’t have him back.Your viewers aren’t interested.He’s a socialist/communist anyway. People work for their money. it’s none of his business.
— Trumpy_CatKAG2020⭐⭐⭐ (@theratzpack) February 20, 2019
Tucker you were right calling him a Moran and did the right thing not giving him an audience to spew his ? on!
— mollyriley (@mollyri35913891) February 21, 2019
Thanks for the honesty @TuckerCarlson Shame he had a hidden agenda. I think you were right. ??
— Kelly Wucinich (@KWucinich) February 21, 2019
Love it. You were right to shut him down.
— AJ Benza❌ (@RealAJBenza) February 21, 2019
That being said, Carlson may want to reconsider his attempts to connect with the radical left. He may also want to reconsider his views on taxes. While it’s understandable to want to call out hypocritical wealthy liberal elites for spouting “progressive” socialist nonsense while simultaneously living like capitalist hogs, it’s another issue altogether to actually call for higher taxes.