Fox News host Tucker Carlson ruffled a lot of feathers on the left Tuesday when he accused them of having a COVID mask fetish and nailed MSNBC’s Joy Reid for positing that “vaccine hesitancy” should be treated as reckless endangerment.
Carlson began his “Tucker Carlson Tonight” show by alluding to President Joe Biden holding his virtual climate summit with over a dozen world leaders while appearing to be the only one wearing a mask. He pointed out the obvious: “But here’s the weirdest part: that meeting took place over Zoom. None of the leaders were in the same room, they were thousands of miles from each other. So why was Joe Biden, who has been fully vaccinated, the only one wearing a mask?”
He then pivoted to Fox News reporter Peter Doocy who cornered White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on the issue: “Why was President Biden the only world leader at the climate summit Zoom, who was wearing a mask?”
She replied: “Because he is sending a message to the world that he is putting in place precautions and continuing to do that as leader of the United States. And I don’t know what setups they all had in their countries that may warrant some more reporting or not. But obviously, he had a pool there for portions. There were additional staff there, additional personnel. That’s the sort of model that we try to keep ourselves to here.”
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Carlson mocked the Zoom conference call and the fact that Biden donned a mask while speaking over the Internet.
“Because it turns out that COVID is digitally transmissible. It travels through Wi-Fi networks. The virus embeds itself among the ones and the zeros and then springs unsuspected, teeth bared and ready to strike, from any available hotspot, whether it’s at Starbuck’s, down in your basement rec room, or even in the Oval Office. Digital COVID could be anywhere. Where there’s an internet connection, there’s a pandemic. So mask up on those Zoom calls, ladies and gentlemen. YouTube and online backgammon too,” Carlson said tongue-in-cheek, adding “we’re kidding of course.”
He also covered Biden speaking at a press conference on the new CDC guidelines on mask-wearing. When asked why everyone must wear a mask in crowds outdoors, Biden replied: “Because the science indicates that this most certain way to make sure it doesn’t spread if both people have been vaccinated, the people you’re with and you’re outside.”
According to the Fox News host, the CDC is now saying you can go out without a mask as long as you are vaccinated and hang with others who have been inoculated. Unless you are in a crowded gathering. But he was confused by Biden wearing a mask while walking all alone outside to the podium during the press conference.
Then he got serious about the mask issue: “But here’s the real headline: According to the CDC, Americans must remain under COVID restrictions indefinitely, even those who have been fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated Americans must continue to wear masks at all times while indoors, whether they’re in church, getting a haircut, or walking into a restaurant. So, get a vaccine. Cover your face. Period.”
“No one is saying so, but consider the logic here, it doesn’t make any sense. We know the vaccine works. We know that anyone who wants a vaccine in this country can get one. They’ve told us those two things again and again, and most of us are willing to believe that they’re true. But if they are true, then why wear masks? Anyone who’d afraid of getting COVID can get a vaccine. And then everyone else can return to normal life, including people who don’t want to get the vaccine. The people who want it can get it and they’ll be protected. And that should be the end. So why the mask fetish? Honestly, what’s the answer?” Carlson asked.
“What is going on here? We never learned. According to Joe Biden, the science isn’t really the point. The point, as always, is race, and that’s the one subject the White House is always delighted to talk about as long as it’s from their very specific perspective,” he remarked.
Biden even said it’s a sign of “progress” that “certain racial groups are more protected from the virus than other groups,” Carlson explained.
The Fox News host went on to address how the left wants to fix the problem of some individuals not wanting to be vaccinated.
“Here’s the race lady from MSNBC finally putting her Harvard degree to work. It’s simple she said. Just charge people who don’t get the vaccine with felonies,” declared Carlson, referring to MSNBC host Joy Reid.
Joy Reid stated: “Now the vaccine-resistant Trump crowd is becoming a problem for the rest of us. That’s because the country is fast approaching a tipping point where vaccine hesitancy will become the biggest hurdle to achieving herd immunity…So after a while, so-called ‘vaccine hesitancy’ might be better described as reckless endangerment.”
Also in a segment of her own, Reid accused Carlson of being a “male version of a Karen with 911 on speed-dial” after he spoke out against forcing children to wear masks.
“As for forcing children to wear masks outside, that should be illegal,” Carlson proclaimed on Tuesday. “Your response when you see children wearing masks as they play should be no different from your response to seeing someone beat a kid in Walmart. Call the police immediately, contact child protective services. Keep calling until someone arrives.”
He called it child abuse and said that all Americans “are morally obligated to attempt to prevent it.”
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Other leftists posited that vaccinations should be required to attend college or to keep someone’s job to forward herd immunity, both of which Carlson strenuously objected to:
“It seems like not so long ago, maybe back in the ’50s, or last week, using the term ‘herd immunity’ was enough to get you yanked off the air as an anti-vaxxer. Now we’re bragging about herd immunity. But again, people who’ve got the vaccine and are totally safe are angry at the people who haven’t gotten it because somehow they’re endangering the people who are already vaccinated. So, to protect people who have voluntarily taken the risk of not getting the vaccine, we have to hurt those people. We’ve got to burn the village to save the village. As the doctor on TV put it, we’ve got to use the carrot and the stick, but especially the stick. Colleges love this idea. Many of them are requiring proof of vaccination as a condition of returning to campus in the fall.”
Toward the end of the segment, Carlson pointed out exactly how the left views those who don’t choose to get vaccinated: “See that? All the mouth-breathers, the dumb people, the hillbillies, and inbreds and extra-chromosome folks — the Trumpers — are all spun up with their conspiracy theories about vaccine passports. Come on! There are no vaccine passports. That’s insane. It’s Alex Jones stuff.”
Carlson closed out with a summation of the whole mask-wearing, vaccination boondoggle: “Anyway, to recap: it’s always challenging when you make things mandatory. Yeah, it’s also sometimes unconstitutional and not science.”
“Here’s where we are right now: if you want to live in this country, you will need a vaccination. If you’re the right skin color, the government will celebrate when you get that vaccination. But either way, you must get it. The vaccine works perfectly. Do not question that. Once you do get the vaccine, you must continue to live as if you didn’t get the vaccine, for the protection of people who chose not to get the vaccine,” he said. “And if that bothers you, or you have any questions about why we’re doing it this way, then you are a bad person and we must hurt you. So get ready to be unemployed, if not in prison for reckless endangerment, that’s a felony. Hope that settles your concerns about the available science on vaccines. Roll up your sleeve.”
According to Fox News, “Tucker Carlson Tonight” was the most-watched program on cable news during the month of April.
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