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Fox News host Tucker Carlson went on record to detail the “uncomfortable facts” in the coronavirus crisis and the response by America’s leaders as he declared that “China won.”
In a fact-filled and lengthy monologue on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Thursday, the host cited studies and looked at timelines as he exposed “what actually happened” and the potentially permanent changes the pandemic has wrought on the fabric of American life.
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Carlson began his analysis by noting it was 63 days ago that California’s Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a shelter-in-place order which signaled “the beginning of an unprecedented mass quarantine that has changed this country forever.”
He contended that the U.S. is now “hard to recognize compared to just two months ago,” and explained how there would be battles on how to interpret the events for some time to come. Carlson told viewers he wished to “get on tape, for the record, some of what actually happened here,” warning that “uncomfortable facts” my eventually be “scrubbed from social media platforms.”
“The first thing to remember is that our leaders didn’t simply revoke the country’s constitutional rights one day from a cold start. They laid the groundwork first. They softened opposition by sowing fear,” he said as he began.
After going over the initial predictions about the number of expected coronavirus deaths, based on information by sometimes unqualified people who created panic, Carlson concluded: “But they were totally wrong.”
“We now know, thanks to widespread blood testing, that the virus isn’t that deadly. An enormous percentage of coronavirus infections produce mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. They’re asymptomatic. The death toll is a tiny fraction of what we were told it would be,” he said.
“The death toll is a tiny fraction of what we were told it would be,” he continued, citing studies that showed ranges that were still “far below what they told us it would be.”
“At the time, ambitious politicians understood instinctively Americans were really scared. Some did their best to heighten that fear,” Carlson said, playing a clip of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo who claimed he needed thousands of ventilators or else “tens of thousands of Americans would die.” He also noted how leaders like the New York Democrat touted the lockdown models used in China.
“Who decided that following the example of the country responsible for unleashing the pandemic was somehow good public health? Well, they all thought that. Virtually all of our leaders agreed the Chinese course was the only course,” he said, noting how Dr. Anthony Fauci contended the Chinese communist government had been “transparent.”
But views of “informed and independent-minded Americans who had real questions about the wisdom” of following China’s lead “began to disappear from Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook,” Carlson noted. “In their place the media presented hardened political activists like Zeke Emanuel and allowed them to pose as experts on the virus’ mitigation.”
“‘The truth is, we have no choice,'” Carlson repeated. “Get a pen and right now that sentence for future reference, and the next time you hear someone say it, run. ‘The truth is we have no choice.’ When you hear that you know things are to get much worse. In fact, we always have a choice.”
He pointed out how leaders like Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp chose to “try a different approach.”
“What you almost never saw from these people was a straightforward conversation about whether it was actually working,” he said. “They didn’t want to talk about that.”
He went on to cite examples in the media of hyping reports of the certain doom relaxing lockdowns would bring on. Carlson then shared a few things “you need to know” with viewers.
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“There is, as of tonight, precisely no evidence as of right now that the lockdowns in America saved lives, anywhere. In this country. In fact, it’s possible mass quarantines killed people,” he said, citing a recent JP Morgan study showing that lifting lockdowns was “associated with a slower spread of the virus.”
He pointed out how South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem was “vilified” and “treated like a mass murderer” by the press for her approach to the pandemic, comparing it to how “obedient states” like California got a round of “applause” from the media.
“The message of all of this of course was unmistakable: California was saving its people, while right-wing old South Dakota was plunging into a calamity,” Carlson said. “That was more than five weeks ago. How did things turn out in the end? … As of today, about five per 100,000 people in South Dakota have died of the coronavirus. In California, the death toll is 8.4 per hundred thousand. That’s 64 percent higher.”
“Bad economies don’t just make people poorer, they end lives,” he added, recounting how President Donald Trump was slammed for contending that a bad economy can also kill people.
“For fifty years, America has steadily shipped its manufacturing jobs abroad,” Carlson said as he wrapped up. “In the age of coronavirus, tens of millions of service jobs have gone away. Many will not return. So only manufacturing is left, but here’s the catch – the manufacturers are all in China now.”
“In other words, China won,” he concluded. “So no matter what they tell you in coming years, that’s what happened. That’s what actually happened. Remember it.”
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