Fox News’ Tucker Carlson blasted the Biden administration and congressional Democratic leaders for reimposing COVID restriction guidelines and mandates including the wearing of masks on the House floor and in federal buildings, which he said was more about power than following “the science.”
“If you’re looking for a single snapshot that perfectly distills the pure, hallucinogenic absurdity of the moment we’re living in, consider the Biden administration’s new guidance on COVID,” Carlson said as he opened his “Tucker Carlson Tonight” monologue.
“We learned yesterday that America’s children will spend yet another year with covered faces. This, despite the fact that masks are demonstrably terrible for kids, and kids face no meaningful threat from coronavirus. Doesn’t matter. The White House says kids have to mask up. And so they will,” he added.
Carlson noted that the Biden administration is moving to require all 2 million-plus federal employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine, presumably at risk of losing their jobs if they refuse, while going on to play a video clip of President Joe Biden in May saying that Americans who had gotten the jab no longer needed to wear masks in public settings.
(Video: Fox News)
“Of course, you don’t need a mask once you’ve had the vaccine. Why would you? The COVID vaccine is a miracle, like the moon landing. It’s foolproof. It’s all you need. We actually believed that, because why wouldn’t we? It made sense,” Carlson continued.
The host then mocked Vice President Kamala Harris for kissing her husband, Douglas Emhoff, when both of them were masked earlier this summer, while then suggesting that the Biden administration perhaps hasn’t been as forthcoming about the efficacy of the vaccines as they could be.
“The administration now says that all people, including people who have been vaccinated, will have to wear masks, but only depending on where they live,” Carlson said.
“If you’re in something called ‘high or substantial COVID’ region, prepare to put on your mask. What does that mean exactly? For the answer, we turn to the man who helped to create COVID in the first place,” the host continued, going on to play a clip of the country’s lead immunologist, Dr. Anthony Fauci.
In the clip, Fauci said during an interview that despite being vaccinated, Americans living in outbreak centers would need to mask up again in order to be safe.
“Well, that makes total sense. Of course, you’re required to wear a mask, even if you’ve been vaccinated, depending on where you live. Well, how do you know if you live in one of those places?” Carlson said derisively.
Moving on, the host pointed to a few places in the country that are supposedly in high-outbreak zones but that are, according to publicly available data, not exhibiting high COVID infection or death rates. Nevertheless, he said, those areas are still being required or mandated to follow renewed coronavirus restrictions.
“Same with Washington, D.C. It was a ‘red and orange zone’ as of yesterday afternoon,” Carlson said.
“Officials in D.C. report just two people have died of COVID in the past two weeks. But it doesn’t matter. The administration will be requiring mask use there anyway. According to Willie Brown’s girlfriend, that’s science,” he added, referencing the vice president, who was once romantically involved with the former California state lawmaker and San Francisco mayor.
Carlson then cited an economist at J.P. Morgan who studied current data on the virus and reported that “the current delta wave is turning out to be much, much milder than we anticipated,” leading the host to suggest that Democratic leaders aren’t interested in such information because it doesn’t fit their guidance narratives.
In another example of what he portrayed as intentional misinformation, Carlson noted that the liberal-leaning Sun-Sentinel newspaper in Florida recently reported new COVID cases cropping up in the Sunshine State were “the worse in the nation,” but did not include death rates, which he said “are near zero.”
“People like Tony Fauci, in fact, told us the goal was keeping people from dying from COVID. That sounded reasonable to everybody,” Carlson said.
“That’s why they said we needed the vaccine. That’s why millions took the vaccine. Now that they have taken the vaccine, politicians have decided that actually, they can’t part with the enormous, unprecedented amounts of power they’ve amassed over the last year, so they’re going to keep ordering us around, regardless of the science,” he continued.
“And of course, Tony Fauci will defend it all, because in the end, he’s one of them,” the host noted further before playing another interview clip of Fauci, who said, “Something has changed and what has changed in the virus. The CDC hasn’t changed and the CDC hasn’t really flip-flopped at all.”
That statement drew more mocking from Carlson, who remarked, “Yeah, no flip–flops at all. They’ve been totally consistent.”
“In the past year, Tony Fauci has gone from telling us not to masks, they’re totally useless, and plus doctors need them, to wear masks, or you will die, to wear three masks, or you will die, to don’t wear any masks at all, to now, you’d better wear masks. Now he’s telling us he’d never flip-flopped on masks,” said Carlson.
Later, the host played a clip of Harris, masked, telling a reporter Wednesday that Americans “need to get masked” as “the only way we’re going to cut this thing off,” as a way to demonstrate the administration’s dual, competing messaging on the issue.
“You don’t have to wear a mask if you’re vaccinated, says the vaccinated lady who’s wearing a mask. Does your head hurt yet trying to follow this? It might be easier to stop thinking entirely and just obey. Maybe that’s the real message,” he said.
The Fox News prime time star also played a clip of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Rochelle Walensky explaining earlier Wednesday that the new mask guidance is in response to the Delta variant.
“I think it’s really important for people to understand that this is not a benign disease compared to other diseases our kids see. If you look at the mortality rate of COVID, just this past year for children, it’s more than twice the mortality rate that we see in influenza in a given year,” Walensky said.
Carlson then noted that columnist Phil Kerpen decided to check Walensky’s claims and discovered that they were wrong.
“From 2019 to 2020, according to the CDC, a total of 124 children died of COVID. From 2020 to 2021, 213 children died of COVID. By comparison, influenza killed more than 400 children just last year. In fact, that was not an aberration. Influenza has killed far more children than COVID has in each of the past five years. It’s not even close,” the host said.
“And that’s assuming the CDC’s numbers on child deaths from COVID are accurate, and it looks like they’re not.”
After citing a recent study that again showed children being at almost no risk of contracting or dying from COVID, Carlson went on to note that based on reports, many people who have been vaccinated for the virus are nevertheless still contracting it.
“If you want us to have confidence in your medicine, then tell us the full truth. But they won’t. They’ve been telling us for six months the vaccine is perfect. But clearly, in some cases, it doesn’t work,” he said.
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