Tucker Carlson just joined Republicans who criticized Mitt Romney after the former presidential candidate blasted Trump in a Washington Post op-ed this week.
In an impassioned opening monologue on Wednesday, Carlson said that Romney belongs to a ruling class that has abandoned the country and interpreted Romney’s complaints as a “window into how the people in charge, in both parties, see our country.”
Carlson issued a passionate call for leaders to take responsibility and build a country where “normal people with an average education…can get married, and have happy kids, and repeat unto the generations.”
Carlson: Romney represents selfish ruling class
Romney’s op-ed slammed Trump for failing to “rise to the mantle” of the presidency and questioned many of Trump’s policy choices, particularly on foreign affairs. Carlson admitted that “it’s true” that Trump is “divisive” but questioned many of Romney’s points about Trump’s supposed policy failures.
“He seems genuinely angry that Trump might pull American troops out of the Syrian civil war. Romney doesn’t explain how staying in Syria would benefit America. He doesn’t appear to consider that a relevant question. More policing in the Middle East is always better. We know that. Virtually everyone in Washington agrees,” Carlson said.
The Fox host also noted that one of Romney’s few compliments was over Trump’s corporate tax cuts, adding that Romney, like many in the ruling class, enriched himself at the expense of ordinary Americans with parasitic financial practices.
“Bain Capital [Romney’s company] all but invented what is now a familiar business strategy: Take over an existing company for a short period of time, cut costs by firing employees, run up the debt, extract the wealth, and move on, sometimes leaving retirees without their earned pensions. Romney became fantastically rich doing this,” Carlson said. He went on to say it was “no wonder” that Romney supports a status quo where he benefits, but that “for everyone else, it’s infuriating.”
“In 2010, for example, Mitt Romney made about $22 million dollars in investment income. He paid an effective federal tax rate of 14 percent,” Carlson said. “For normal upper-middle-class wage earners, the federal tax rate is nearly 40 percent.”
Families “crushed” by free market
Carlson also noted that Romney defines mainstream conservatism by “unwavering support” for unregulated free markets and an interventionist approach to foreign policy, and argued that Romney’s globalist worldview, which is shared by Democrats, created the mess that led to the election of Donald Trump and “entire populations [revolting] against leaders who refuse to improve their lives” in countries over the world.
Carlson said that the things that are really important, like community, family, and a sense of purpose, have been destroyed by the selfish decisions of the ruling class that Romney is a part of, which “[feels] no long-term obligation to the people they rule… They have no skin in this game, and it shows.” Carlson noted that both parties agree that the free market is irreproachable, which he considers a mistake, adding that “culture and economics are inseparably intertwined” and that “families are being crushed by market forces.”
“The overriding goal for America is more prosperity, meaning cheaper consumer goods. But is that still true? Does anyone still believe that cheaper iPhones, or more Amazon deliveries of plastic garbage from China are going to make us happy?” he said. “Anyone who thinks the health of a nation can be summed up in GDP is an idiot,” he added, noting that suicide and drug use are up.
Watch his full monologue below below:
Revolt of the elites
Carlson, who has often argued that the ruling class’s policies have made it harder for middle-class people to marry and get by, also said that “increasingly, marriage is a luxury only the affluent in America can afford” and noted that many married elites “are doing pretty much nothing to help the people below them get and stay married.” He excoriated what he considers a “soulless” culture of devotion to shareholders rather than families and explained that the ruling class has no reason to care about the people since they look to “import foreign labor to take the place of native-born Americans who are slipping behind.”
He went on to blast a predatory lending system that saddles people with debts they can never repay in the name of free markets and added that the ruling class is pushing marijuana to pacify the population and that libertarian-minded conservatives are going along with it.
Carlson signed off by saying that the ruling class is driving a wedge through the country with identity politics and an unfair tax code and that they benefit when the country is divided, before issuing an appeal for a “fair, decent, cohesive country” where “normal people with an average education who grew up in no place special can get married, and have happy kids, and repeat unto the generations. A country that actually cares about families, the building block of everything.”
Carlson said that making the country fair and stable again won’t happen on the Democrats’ watch and that it will be up to the Republicans, who will need to stop “worshiping” the free market and put families first. He pushed back against the idea that criticizing the free market must mean embracing socialism.
“Socialism is a disaster. It doesn’t work,” he said. “It’s what we should be working desperately to avoid. But socialism is exactly what we’re going to get, and very soon unless a group of responsible people in our political system reforms the American economy in a way that protects normal people.”