Fox News’s Tucker Carlson ripped into political and business leaders who are continuing to require Americans to wear masks even when they’re outside as the COVID-19 pandemic wanes, though he says there is no scientific justification for it.
In a lengthy “Tucker Carlson Tonight” monologue Monday, Carlson began by citing Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who made headlines a year ago when he ordered residents of the country’s second-largest city to bring a mask with them wherever they went. That, Carlson said, provided the first opportunity for Americans to question whether they were really at risk of catching the virus outdoors.
“Unfortunately, at the time, a lot of the country was so terrified of the new pandemic that no one thought to ask those questions. People just obeyed. It was a big change. Other politicians watched it happen,” Carlson said.
“They saw a smarmy nonentity like Eric Garcetti, a guy you wouldn’t trust to clean your pool, suddenly assume unprecedented, god-like new powers, simply by asserting them. ‘Cover your face!’ ‘Ok, boss.’ Not a bad trick. So, naturally, other politicians wanted some of that power too,” he added.
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The host went on to note that big-city mayors and governors adopted Garcetti’s policy and began to demand that their citizens wear masks, including when they go outside.
“In a functioning democracy, like we had just a few years ago, demands like these would be impossible to make,” Carlson said.
But 15 months later, mask mandates remain in place and have metastasized into all sectors of society, he said, noting that recently in Michigan, Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered children as young as two years old to mask up, and cited an incident in which a family was thrown off a Spirit Airlines flight because their toddler was unmasked while eating yogurt.
“It’s the law! Right, we’ve heard. But why is it the law?” asked Carlson. “There’s no scientific justification for any of it. Children are not at meaningful risk from COVID. They never have been. Adults who’ve been vaccinated or naturally infected — and that’s a huge percentage of the American population — aren’t either. If you’ve got high levels of antibodies in your system, you’re almost certainly safe.”
Carlson then cited several studies that began with one last summer conducted by Chinese researchers, all of which found that the risk of COVID transmission out of doors is next to nil.
In recent days, he added, The New York Times reported that there were “few if any” cases of outdoor coronavirus transmission, before going on to play a clip of White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci telling ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that “it’s pretty common sense now that outdoor risk is really, really quite low, particularly,” especially for vaccinated people.
“We’ve known this for a long time. We’ve known it for certain for almost a year, since that day last June when America’s so-called public health community united as one to remind us that corona restrictions don’t apply to BLM rioters,” Carlson said.
“They’re exempt from the virus. You’re not allowed to get married or go to church or see your elderly parents as they die alone,” he added. “But if you break things on behalf of the Democratic Party’s power structure, you can loot the Dollar Store and no one gets sick. That’s science. That’s not an exaggeration, that’s literally what they told us.”
“And the second they told us that, we knew for certain they weren’t serious. So, why did we keep playing along? That is a sincere question, we should ponder that question. We acquiesced to the power grab. We let it happen. And because we let it happen, a lot of people got hurt, and many of those people were children,” he continued.
Carlson went on to note that, as the pandemic spread, schools around the country shut down and forced children into remote learning conditions that he speculated caused long-term physical and emotional problems, claims that have been corroborated by some experts.
He then cited an example of a Colorado Springs elementary teacher named Stacy Adair who produced a photo of a mask worn by one of her young students that was covered with dirt and dust just an hour into the school day.
‘”I don’t need to tell you it is very unhealthy for a student to breathe through this mask,’ Adair told the board. Of course it is. But officials ignored her and then they doubled down,” Carlson said, noting that Democratic Gov. Jared Polis threatened to close all schools again if people continued to complain about the masks.
“So, how many kids are being hurt by this? That’s a question that no one asked, and we should all be troubled by, a lot. A physician called Dr. Mary Harrow told the Colorado Springs school board that, ‘the data [are] overwhelming’ on this topic,” the host said.
“Masks, she said, can, ’cause low oxygen and high carbon dioxide levels, shortness of breath, toxicity, inflammation, increased stress hormones and sugar in the body, and create fear, anxiety, headaches, compromised cognitive performance and other problems,'” he continued, quoting Harrow.
“Did you really need a medical degree to know that? People need fresh air, especially children. Deprive them of fresh air, and you hurt them. You knew that, we all knew that, it is obvious,” Carlson said.
Later, the host went on to lament that Americans continue to blindly follow mask and other COVID mandates despite knowing for months that only a tiny fraction of the population was at the most risk of dying from the disease.
“Masks on a tennis court. Future generations will mock us for this, but we allowed it. We let power-drunk politicians wreck our country in exchange for promising to protect us from a virus that 99 percent of us would have survived anyway. What were we thinking?” he said.
“But not even Tony Fauci pretends that masks are medically necessary,” he continued. “Instead, they’re now purely a sign of political obedience, like Kim Il Sung pins in Pyongyang. We wear them because we have to. The only people who wear masks voluntarily outside are zealots and neurotics. How neurotic are they?”
Carlson went on to point out that in Washington, D.C., “Biden voters will snort at” mask-free residents who are walking outside, going on to cite a recent Pew study in which researchers found that sixty-four percent of white Americans who classify themselves as having an actual mental condition.
“And you see them everywhere when you walk down the street of any major city. Dare to go on foot from Union Station to the Capitol, for example, in Washington without a mask, and angry Biden voters will snort at you in judgment,” he said.
Carlson concluded his monologue by suggesting that Americans should begin pushing back on outdoor mask mandates especially, going to extreme measures such as demanding people wearing them outside take them off because they are making others feeling “uncomfortable.”
“As for forcing children to wear masks outside – it should be illegal. Your response when you see children wearing masks as they play should be no different than your response to seeing someone beat a child in Walmart: call the police immediately. Contact child protective services. Keep calling until someone arrives. What you’re seeing is abuse. It’s child abuse, and you’re morally obligated to try to prevent it,” he said.
“So how do you resist? The first step is to say the obvious, loudly and often: this is not about science. This is about political power,” Carlson said.
Not surprisingly, many people pushed back on Carlson, with more than one equating him to a “national security threat” as his name trended on Twitter.
Why hasn’t Tucker Carlson been charged yet? He is a national security threat.
— Andrea Junker ® (@Strandjunker) April 27, 2021
Tucker Carlson is a threat !
With his lies and false claims he puts people in danger.#TuckerMustGo
— Marko Silberhand (@MarkoSilberhand) April 27, 2021
Tucker Carlson is a national security threat. Pass it on. https://t.co/29GNQQelL0
— Justin Horwitz 🦋 🧢 (@JustinAHorwitz) April 27, 2021
I do not wish Tucker Carlson well
— Onlydlonely (@Onlydlonely1) April 27, 2021
Fixed/Fox News is a national security threat and an international embarassment. It shoul be SHUT DOWN
— hk..i (@longshipdriver) April 27, 2021
Apparently, we don’t take attempted coups, domestic terrorism, or incitement of violence seriously enough in this country.
— Brittany (@britknee_00) April 27, 2021