In short, Tucker Carlson is nuts and Trump supporters weren’t to be taken seriously.

First published in April 2021.

When it comes to Fox News’ top-rated entertainer Tucker Carlson, logic, reason and facts no longer exist, if they ever did, during his many hours on-air five nights a week.

He must spend his non-on-air-time coming up with nutty conspiracy theories and other lies. I can’t imagine these dangerous comments just spew forth without forethought.

For example:

  • He thinks that if you see a parent outside with a child wearing a face mask, you should call children’s’ services to lodge a complaint of child abuse against that parent.
  • He thinks immigration, legal and illegal, is an attempt by Democrats to increase their number of registered voters to win elections.
  • He believes the jurors in the Derek Chauvin murder trial voted guilty because they were afraid Black Lives Matter would riot against any other verdict.
  • He doesn’t believe white supremacists had a role in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol.

In short Tucker Carlson is nuts.

Now I list all the above having not ever even once watched any (can I be any more redundant?) of his shows. But his crazy comments are covered by the media as if he is a real policy expert commenting on real issues. He isn’t. He’s making it up as he goes along. He wants and needs eyeballs watching to justify the big bucks he is paid.

In a simpler time he may as well be Pinky Lee (look him up, his catch phrase was “ohh you make me so mad”) doing his TV show. The difference was Pinky didn’t get the added audience boost of getting big media coverage.

Just like Pinky, Tucker is in it for the ratings. The moolah. That’s television. TV’s goal hasn’t changed in decades.

Tucker’s not alone in his crazy right-wing-conspiracy-I-want-attention-mania though.

I’m sure you’ve read about Sidney Powell, former Donald Trump attorney, who claimed in a nationwide media tour that the 2020 election was rigged, including by a voting machine manufacturer whose machines were programmed to switch votes. After a billion-dollar suit was filed against her by that manufacturer, Powell said “no reasonable person” would have believed her claims of a fraudulent election. Uh, right except for those millions who did and do.

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Then there’s Richard Barnett, that fellow sitting with his feet up on a desk in Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s office suite on Jan. 6 and ransacking papers on the desk, even stealing one. Barnett has been charged in connection with the insurrection.

Barnett also left a note in the Speaker’s office that read, “Hey Nancy Bigo was here b****.”  His defense attorneys now argue that the final word in his note wasn’t “bitch.” Rather, it said, “Hey Nancy Bigo was here biatd.” (not a comma to be found in his note).

I guess he figures “biatd” lets him off the hook.

But wait, there’s more. Brendan Hunt, a vocal supporter of the former president, is on trial in New York on charges of making death threats to top Democratic leaders before and after the Jan. 6 insurrection. In court, Hunt argues that his messages were not to be taken seriously.

When he testified yesterday, he blamed his threats on pandemic-induced boredom and depression. According to the Washington Post report, Hunt also was “confronted by prosecutors with violent, racist and anti-Semitic statements that he argued did not reflect his beliefs.”

Sounds like various Trump supporters are now arguing that what they say is not what they believe. I guess the “biatd” made them do it.

Hunt claimed he was “lonely and isolated” during the pandemic quarantine and turned to marijuana and alcohol use. This all led him, he claimed in a video, to demand that “patriots… put some bullets” in the heads of members of Congress. Specifically he called for the executions of then-Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, Pelosi and liberal New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

So, these violent demonstrators at the Jan. 6 riots/insurrections/rebellion were just out of their minds when they broke the law. They were just venting from pandemic-induced loneliness. They weren’t to be taken seriously.

Just like Tucker Carlson. 

Going Further:

B. Jay Cooper, former deputy White House press secretary to Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush.


[This piece was originally published in The Screaming Moderate and re-published in PMP Magazine on 28 April 2021, with the author’s consent. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]

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