Fox News talking head Tucker Carlson has made it a hobby to “talk himself into a frenzy.”
When he’s not busy “rooting for Russia,” spinning conspiracy theories, or spending hours of airtime lamenting how M&M mascots have become “fat” and “distinctly frumpy,” he “talks himself into a frenzy” suggesting the US invade Canada to “liberate” it from Justin Trudeau.
On a recent episode of Tucker Carlson Today, the far-right TV personality called the Canadian Prime Minister an authoritarian leader. He was referring to the 2022 anti-vaccine trucker protests, which cost the country an estimated $3.9 billion in disrupted trade activity. He previously called the arrests of those involved in the weeks-long protest a “suspension of democracy,” and Trudeau a “Stalinist dictator.”
“I’m completely in favor of a Bay of Pigs operation to liberate that country,” he said, confounding viewers — is Carlson aware that the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba failed?
“Why should we stand back and let our biggest trading partner, the country with which we share the longest border, and — actually, I’ll just say, a great country, I love Canada, I’ve always loved Canada because of its natural beauty — why should we let it become Cuba?” he asked.
He complained about the US spending money to help Ukraine fight against Russia’s invasion.
“We’re spending all this money to liberate” — using air quotes on “liberate” — “Ukraine from the Russians, why are we not sending an armed force north to liberate Canada from Trudeau? And I mean it,” the TV personality said, before retreating and saying “I’m just talking myself into a frenzy here.”
Carlson, naturally, stirred up some online frenzy.
Some, like Twitter user Jeffrey House, a retired lawyer, want to ban Fox from Canadian TV following Carslon’s comments.
Others are calling on Fox to apologize, while another Twitter user calls on the US to liberate themselves from the Fox News talking head.
Others are just fed up with Carlson’s supporters.
Separately, Carlson was also mentioned on MSNBC on Sunday when Mehdi Hasan, in a conversation with Ayman Mohyeldin, called Carlson a “far-right loon” for spreading homophobic conspiracy theories about the attack on Paul Pelosi, husband of then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi late last year.
Hasan admonished Carlson for demanding body cam footage to prove the assault on 82-year-old Pelosi — who spent almost a week in the hospital after sustaining a skull fracture — when both the prosecution and the defense had already decided it was not necessary to release the footage.
The judge decided to release it anyway when a coalition of news organizations made a motion to make it public if only to debunk conspiracies spread by the likes of Carlson. Mohyeldin then said that even as bodycam footage had already been released, along with the 911 call, Carlson and his ilk continue to spin conspiracies about the incident.
“That’s the beauty, Ayman, of being a far-right loon, of being a conspiracy theorist,” Hasan concluded. “You don’t have to worry about evidence. Any evidence to the contrary just becomes part of the conspiracy.”
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