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Fox News host Tucker Carlson kicked off his Friday evening program comparing parts of the country that are beginning to reopen as the coronavirus outbreak eases with other, mostly Democrat-run, states where “power-drunk” leaders are keeping their citizens under wraps.
“The country appears to be splitting into two hemispheres before our eyes: There are those places where public officials are allowing science to guide their decisions; states like that are cautiously beginning to relax their lockdowns and finding no spike in illness as they do it. Those are the free states,” Carlson began.
“And then there’s the other half of the country, the places where you’re glad you don’t live right now. In those places, power-drunk politicians crow about science but resolutely ignore its findings,” he added. “They don’t read studies. They don’t care what the data say.”
Continuing, the host said that leaders — governors and mayors — who continue to keep their states and cities on coronavirus lockdown are being “driven by ambition, political calculation, and the pure animal joy of controlling other people’s lives.”
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Carlson honed in on Los Angeles, where he says Mayor Eric Garcetti has taken “the authoritarian approach, the Chinese approach,” to keep citizens locked down and ‘non-essential’ businesses closed.
Though Los Angeles County is home to more people than live in New York City, Tucker said the county’s COVID-19 infection and death rates are far lower than those in the Big Apple. Also, though the exact number of infections may not be known yet, what is clear is that the virus is not overwhelming the L.A. healthcare system.
“In Los Angeles, the curve is now flat, and it has been flat for weeks. It could reopen tomorrow and it should and it would if its leaders were following the science,” he said. “But they’re not reopening. Just the opposite is happening.”
In Los Angeles, for instance, Mayor Eric Garcetti recently extended his original lockdown order until the end of July, though there doesn’t seem to be any real reason for it, in terms of coronavirus.
Carlson noted further that Garcetti is using the LAPD “to make certain his citizens obey his orders,” noting that cops have brought charges against at least 60 “‘non-essential’ businesses for the crime of going to work.”
“Countless other businesses have shut forever. They’re not coming back,” he said.
In other parts of the country, such as Michigan, Democratic leaders are attempting to extend lockdowns but are being challenged — both by citizens and opposition lawmakers.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s recent lockdown extension has been challenged in court by the Republican-led legislature, while in Wisconsin, the state Supreme Court swatted down an extension order from Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.
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As for Garcetti, Carlson noted that some of his orders make no sense, such as requiring residents to wear a mask when they go outside and to stay off of “dry sand” at beaches.
“Beaches will open up this week for exercise and active recreation only — in the wet sand, I guess, is a good way of thinking about it, not hanging out and tanning in the dry sand,” Garcetti said in a media clip Carlson played.
“What’s the science behind this?” Carlson asked. “Once again, of course, there is none. None.”
“This isn’t reasoned, thoughtful policymaking. It’s the expression of an autocrat who decided he must look tough by ‘doing something’ to get elected president which has always been Eric Garcetti’s primary goal,” he continued.
As to how long L.A. will have to remain on at least partial lockdown, that could possibly be forever, as Garcetti himself said last week.
“We’ve never been fully closed, we’ll never be completely open until we have a cure. But I do believe that we can take steps, but monitor those numbers, listen to the scientists and the medical professionals, and make the tough calls even when there’s criticism,” he said in an interview clip Carlson played.
“Yeah, this can’t go on,” the host said. “It’s too crazy.”
He added that a bipartisan group of L.A. residents is attempting to remove Garcetti from office, but their recall petition drive is hampered by his lockdown order.
“The recall-Garcetti forces are taking the issue, the issue of signatures, to court, trying to win the right to gather the signatures online. We’ll keep you posted on how they do because it’s important. But the bigger point is, these people not passive,” said Carlson.
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