Fox News’ Tucker Carlson is among the very few cable news pundits who have called out Democrat governors and mayors for their overly restrictive shutdown orders during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
On his Monday evening program, Carlson took to task governors and local civic leaders who are critical of the protesters, as though they have no constitutional right to demonstrate nor any right to question why their livelihoods are being destroyed.
Noting that, based on numbers, it appears the worst of the pandemic has passed, “the time for panic is over.”
While efforts to “flatten the curve” of the virus’ spread were justified, we appear to have reached that point, he continued.
“In the meantime, though, an awful lot of people have been flattened, themselves badly hurt by our government’s response,” he said. “Children are going uneducated. Tens of millions of people have lost their livelihoods. The whole economy is in tatters.”
Given the state of the economy now, which includes negative oil for the first time in modern history, and given the fact that the worst of the outbreak appears to be waning, some Americans are clamoring for a loosening of restrictions so they can begin picking up the pieces and getting their lives back on track.
“That does not sound crazy because it’s not crazy — unless you’re the people in charge or their bodyguards in the media, in which case opinions like that are a dangerous threat to your power and must be stamped out immediately,” Tucker stated.
That includes social media behemoth Facebook, whose founder, Mark Zuckerberg, admitted Monday his gatekeepers were removing calls posted by users for demonstrations against ongoing stay-at-home orders because they amount to “harmful misinformation.”
You can imagine Zuckerberg playing the role of King George, who also felt that same way when it came to protests by American colonists: ‘Shut them down because they’re dangerous!’ Now you know why our founders put the right to address grievances with government — protests — in the First Amendment.
“That’s how totalitarian regimes dismiss views that threaten their power,” Tucker noted. “That’s the country we’re suddenly living in.
Why is @Facebook colluding with state governments to quash peoples free speech?
Regardless of what you think about the lockdowns or the protests against them, this is a chilling & disturbing government directed shutdown of peoples 1st Amendment rights. Very dangerous! https://t.co/rnG09TSVhI
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) April 20, 2020
The host then listed some instances where protests of governors’ orders resulted in the arrest of American citizens, including a woman in New Jersey whose only ‘crime’ was believing the First Amendment still applies during a ‘health emergency.’
He also chided the ‘mainstream media’ for failing to help expose such blatant abuses of power, and instead, agreeing with ‘the state’ while it oppresses, spies on, and jails citizens for exercising their rights.
That includes nearly every “race-baiting” pundit on little-watched networks like MSNBC, where “AM Joy” host Joy Reid held a discussion forum criticizing the protests because they appear to be populated by Trump supporters who “are the Fox News Nazi Confederate death cult rump of the Republican Party.”
As Carlson notes, these Left-wing lunatics are supporting tyrannical actions against fellow American citizens because it fits their ‘Orange Man Bad’ derangement.
At some point, these burgeoning protests are going to grow in size and ferocity if governors continue using power they have usurped to suppress and criminalize dissent.
Jon is a staff writer for BizPac Review with 30 years' worth of reporting experience, as well as an author and U.S. Army veteran. He has a BA in political science from Ashford University and an MA in national security studies/intelligence analysis from American Military University.
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