Tucker Carlson, Jesse Watters rip on Biden, ‘smart set’ meritocracy: ‘They’re not good at their jobs’

Fox News host Tucker Carlson joined network colleague Jesse Watters on the latter’s program Saturday evening in which both said that Joe Biden’s presidency is teetering on “collapse” amid a series of crises made worse by last week’s disastrous pullout from Afghanistan.

To begin the segment, Watters said he believes that while it has become obvious that Biden cannot adequately function as commander-in-chief, “I also believe we’re witnessing the collapse of the smart set — and after 20 years, very well-groomed politicians and diplomats, what have they given us besides humiliation, a hostage crisis, and a bill for about a trillion dollars?”

“They’re not good at their jobs. Ultimately that is the crime. It’s not just that their ideas are bad which they are. It’s not just that they are self-right buffoons. Obviously, that’s true too. It’s they’re not competent,” Carlson began.

He went on to say that the “sad” thing is that the people in charge of the country are among the best-educated and are products of a post-World War II “meritocracy” that fast-tracks them to elite positions of power.


“They have all the merit badges. They went to Princeton. They were McKinsey consultants,” he said. “They’ve done everything that the system asks, they’ve collected all these merit badges, and they’re horrible! Like, they have no idea what they’re doing and the results prove it.”

Carlson said all of that proves “the system we use to train leaders needs a revamp, like immediately.”

Watters responded by saying that “a lack of street smarts” may be the biggest problem, noting that the Afghan president “installed” by the U.S. and NATO fled the country with tens of millions of dollars, while the Afghan National Army the West trained over the past two decades fell apart after taking “a few bribes.”

The “Tucker Carlson Tonight” host interjected by noting that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was a Johns Hopkins professor and that his daughter, who lives in a luxury condo in New York City, is a visual arts professor and filmmaker, and that his son worked with Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, who ran against Biden for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

“He was installed to run Afghanistan because he’s exactly like the people running our country,” said Carlson. “He’s from that same world. If they just picked some random warlord with, you know, an AK and some knowledge about Afghanistan, it probably wouldn’t have fallen.”

“And he did what he was trained to do — he ran away with the money,” Watters quipped before moving on to a statement made last week by “squad” member Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who made critical remarks about conservatives.

“If you ever raise questions about these Afghans that are now going to pour into this country — who knows who they are — if you raise any questions about them, that means you’re insecure,” Watters said before playing a clip of Omar complaining to MSNBC host Joy Reid that the real issue is Americans worried about refugees like her coming to the U.S. to “outshine them.”

After accusing Omar of marrying a brother to cheat the U.S. immigration system, Carlson went on to say that Omar demonstrates far too much “contempt” for “American-born Americans” who “built the country” that “rescued her from a refugee camp in Kenya.”

“She hates them. She has total contempt for them. ‘We’re better than you.’ I’m sorry, honey, you just got here, and you got here because we brought you hear because we’re nice.

You left a country full of people who aren’t nice,” Carlson added, referencing Omar’s native country of Somalia, a failed state.


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