Tucker Carlson stands up to critics raging about his old shock jock radio comments. Don Jr has his back.

Tucker Carlson responded to attacks over re-surfaced comments he made on a radio show a decade ago by inviting critics on to his Fox News show.

The host of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” extended the invitation hours after a left-leaning, progressive watchdog group released audio tapes of him from as long ago as 2006, which sparked a backlash over what some saw as derogatory comments about women.

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Media Matters for America released audio recordings of Carlson from 2006 to 2011 on Sunday which featured the Fox News host’s calls in to the “The Bubba the Love Sponge Show,” a “shock jock” radio program that is hosted by Todd “Bubba” Clem.

Carlson discussed political and various other topics in his weekly call in to the show and, in one audio recording from 2009, spoke about Warren Jeffs, who was convicted of felony child sexual assault and is s currently serving a life sentence, saying he “is in prison because he’s weird and unpopular and he has a different lifestyle that other people find creepy.”

“He’s got some weird, religious cult where he thinks it’s okay to, you know, marry underage girls, but he didn’t do it,” Carlson said about the former leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “Why wouldn’t the guy who actually did it, who had sex with an underage girl, he should be the one who is doing life.”

“Look, just to make it absolutely clear. I am not defending underage marriage at all. I just don’t think it’s the same thing exactly as pulling a child from a bus stop and sexually assaulting that child,” Carlson added.

Media Matters claimed Carlson “diminished the actions” of Jeffs as he spoke about Jeffs again in another 2009 interview, calling the charges against him “bulls–t” because he was not “accused of touching anybody. He is accused of facilitating a marriage between a 16-year-old girl and a 27-year-old man. That’s the accusation. That’s what they’re calling felony rape.”

Carlson, who joined Fox News in 2009 after working at MSNBC from 2005 to 2008 and CNN from 2000 to 2005, also used what were seen as derogatory remarks about Martha Stewart’s daughter, Alexis Stewart, journalist Arianna Huffington and Britney Spears in other interviews.

Warning: The following audio contains explicit language.

According to the more than a dozen incidents that Media Matters chose to pull out to compile and transcribe, Carlson commented in 2007 that women as a whole were “extremely primitive,” as part of a discussion about women who hated putting up with some men.

“Women hate you when they do you wrong and you put up with it,” he said. “Because they hate weakness. They’re like dogs that way. They can smell it on you, and they have contempt for it; they’ll bite you…I mean, I love women, but they’re extremely primitive, they’re basic, they’re not that hard to understand. And one of the things they hate more than anything is weakness in a man.”

The audio and transcripts released Sunday quickly went viral and opened the floodgates of backlash against Carlson’s decade-old remarks on the popular “shock Jock” radio program. Voices on the left were quick to condemn the Fox News host.

Carlson issued a statement on Twitter hours after the left-wing group released the recordings.

Media Matters president Angelo Carusone fired back with an explanation for why his organization published the audio as Carlson faced calls for a boycott of his Fox News show.

With the left’s pitchforks and torches out for Carlson over his comments in ten-year-old interviews, he had plenty of supporters, such as Donald Trump Jr., who saw the targeted attack for what it really is.

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