Fox News star Tucker Carlson is in hot water over some controversial comments he made on a radio show more than a decade ago. But instead of meekly apologizing, Carlson came out swinging.
In his opening monologue on Monday night, Carlson acknowledged that for the left, “politics is war.” But he didn’t stop there — he blasted the GOP and accused leadership inside the party of being “controlled by the left.”
“What’s interesting is how reliably the other side pretends none of this is happening. Republicans in Washington do a fairly credible imitation of an opposition party,” Carlson said. “They still give speeches. They tweet quite a bit. They make concerned noises about how liberals are bad. But on the deepest level it’s all a pose. In their minds where it matters Republican leaders are controlled by the left. They know exactly what they’re allowed to say and believe. They know what the rules are. They may understand that those rules are written by the very people who seek their destruction. They ruthlessly support them anyway.”
“Republicans in Washington police their own with a never-ending enthusiasm. Like trustees at a prison they dutifully report back to the warden hoping for perks. Nobody wants to be called names. Nobody wants to be Trump,” he continued.
“Very often the first people calling for the destruction of that person are Republican leaders.”
While appearing on a radio show with shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge more than a decade ago, Carlson made some controversial comments about women and Muslims. Bubba is a shock jock, so as you can imagine, Carlson’s commentary was adapted to suit the audience. None of this content was hidden, by the way, as the interviews took place between 2006 and 2011.
Media Matters, a liberal watchdog, however, drew attention to it in a bid to end Carlson’s career, accusing him of making “misogynistic and perverted comments.”
At the time, Carlson was calling in every week to the show, discussing a variety of topics. During that same time, there was ZERO outrage over Carlson’s comments (even doing a Google search now during that time frame reveals nothing negative).
When Media Matters dug up the old interviews, most probably expected Carlson to issue the usual apology. Instead, Carlson went a different route.
Carlson not only slammed Democrats for their hypocritical outrage but absolutely demolished the Republican party as a whole. He accused Republicans of putting up a successful front, feigning outrage, but never really doing anything about it. Honestly, it is hard to argue his point, considering Republicans had control of the White House, the House, and the Senate for two full years and literally did nothing with it.
The GOP, according to Carlson, is more worried about being liked than they are about doing their actual business. Rather than apologize, he issued a challenge for anyone to come on his show and take him on, one-on-one, in a debate.
Carlson maintains Fox News is standing by him and “we will never bow to the mob.” However, rumors started to fly late Monday night that management was meeting this week to decide what they will do, as advertisers are reportedly running for the doors.