With the highest rated program on the network, Tucker Carlson has become the undisputed face of Fox News. And it’s a decidedly repugnant face that routinely embraces racism, relentlessly unleashes deranged conspiracy theories, endangers people’s lives with COVID vaccine lies and disinformation, and adoringly cozies up to fascist dictators.
Not content to rest on his wretched laurels, Carlson coughed up a new and more noxious commentary on his nightly hate-fest. The subject was Donald Trump’s deadly insurrection at the Capitol on January 6th. But Carlson found an angle that only someone with his inbred psychoses could muster (video below). He began by disparaging Democratic representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with a nickname intended to belittle her:
“Occasionally ‘Sandy’ Cortez tells us about her ‘lived experience’ on January 6th. during a recent special on CNN, Sandy Cortez – does she ever stop talking about herself by they way? – She explained she wasn’t just afraid of being murdered by Ashli Babbitt, she also was worried about being raped.”
Naturally, Carlson is lying about what worried Ocasio-Cortez. She wasn’t concerned about being assaulted and raped by Ashli Babbitt (the right’s newly minted martyr who was actually a domestic terrorist bent on overthrowing the government). It was the rioters sent by Trump who had invaded the Capitol that worried the congresswoman. Those are the same rioters who Carlson has characterized as as peaceful protesters (just like Trump did), but whose purposeful hostilities resulted in the deaths of at least three police officers and injuries to more than 140 others. Carlson then played a video of Ocasio-Cortez from a CNN interview:
Ocasio-Cortez: There’s a lot of sexualizing of that violence. And I didn’t think that I was just going to be killed. I thought other things were going to happen to me as well.
Dana Bash: So it sounds like what you are telling me right now is that you didn’t only think that you were going to die. You thought you were going to be raped.
Ocasio-Cortez: Yeah. Yeah, I thought I was.
Carlson’s reaction to this entirely rational and gut-wrenching account of a horrifying ordeal was callously insensitive to the painfully realities that women often face. He literally laughed at Ocasio-Cortez’s traumatic experience:
“Sexualizing? Get a therapist, honey. This is crazy. These people were mad because they thought the election wasn’t fair. Now, you may disagree with that, but it wasn’t about you, surprise, surprise! [in a mocking voice] ‘Sexualize the violence, I thought I was gonna be raped by Ashli Babbitt!'”
“Honey?” While violence of the sort that Carlson endorses is never the answer, someday someone is gonna slap that arrogant smirk off of his face. And what’s “crazy” is Carlson’s ceaseless efforts to portray the marauding insurrectionists as merely “mad” about their delusional view that the election was “stolen” from Dear Leader Trump. Not only does Carlson celebrate the rioters as “patriots,” the chyron on screen through much of this segment read “The Left is Treating Dissidents Like Terrorists.” Talk about a reversal of reality.
To anyone who has seen Carlson’s show over the years, his vile misogyny is well known. But for him to express it in this way so brazenly is evidence that he’s only getting bolder and less inhibited in his determination to offend. And Fox News is totally on board with this media malignancy. To date they have never uttered a single objection to outbursts like these. Which makes the network, and its producers and executives, as culpable for Carlson’s heinous rhetoric as Carlson is himself.
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Tucker just trivialized Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's genuine fear of being raped on January 6: "Get a therapist, honey" pic.twitter.com/Wn96huBWOE
— Kat Abu (@abughazalehkat) August 13, 2021
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