Tucker Carlson Attacks New Eviction Ban—'Private Property No Longer Exists' in U.S.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson strongly criticized a new moratorium on evictions on Wednesday and questioned the way the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had issued the order.

Carlson told his prime time audience that "private property no longer exists in the United States" as a result of the eviction ban, which he also argued wasn't even legal.

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky signed the order on Wednesday following significant controversy about extending a federal evictions moratorium put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In his opening monologue, which was also published as an op-ed on the Fox News website, Carlson took aim directly at Walensky.

Carlson said: "You vote for your senators and congressmen and they decide what the rules are. That's known as representative democracy. It's been our system for nearly 250 years.

"But apparently, it's now over. Rochelle Walensky now makes the laws. Walensky announced today that she has decided to nationalize America's rental properties, millions and millions of them from Maine to California. Tenants are no longer required to pay their rent. Property owners cannot evict them under any circumstances," he said.

Carlson discussed the fact that property owners have to pay mortgages on houses they own and called banks "huge Democratic donors." A federal moratorium on mortgage foreclosures expired on July 31.

"It's hard to overstate what a momentous change this is," Carlson said. "It means among other things that private property no longer exists in the United States. You thought you owned your home. Not anymore. Rochelle Walensky does. She'll decide who can live there, under what circumstance and for how long."

He went on to criticize Walensky's order, saying she doesn't have the power to put an eviction moratorium in place but "she simply asserted the power." Carlson also criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for not holding a vote on extending the moratorium and added "Most Republicans haven't said a word about it."

"And that means that an unelected college professor you hadn't heard of six months ago is now in charge of your country," he said.

I signed an eviction moratorium for US counties experiencing substantial & high levels of #COVID19 transmission. Mass evictions could lead to new spikes in COVID-19. This order will help those who are at risk of transmitting COVID-19 self-quarantine. https://t.co/aVN1qeszex

— Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH (@CDCDirector) August 4, 2021

Carlson said the moratorium is "not even arguably legal" and cited the Supreme Court, which in June ruled that the moratorium could run until July 31. However, the ruling suggested that a majority of the court's justices believed the CDC had exceeded its authority with the initial moratorium.

The White House had previously said that they could not extend the moratorium, citing the Supreme Court, and called on Congress to pass new legislation. However, Pelosi argued the CDC did have the necessary authority.

President Joe Biden acknowledged on Tuesday that the new eviction moratorium could be struck down in the courts but expressed the hope that by the time the matter is litigated, rent relief funds of $45 billion will be distributed to those who need them.

Carlson said of the moratorium: "The people doing it are criminals. That's the word we use for people who knowingly break the law. But like most criminals, they're not embarrassed by breaking the law, that's what they do."

Walensky announced that she had signed the order for an eviction moratorium on Twitter on Wednesday. The ban applies in "counties experiencing substantial and high levels of community transmission levels" of COVID-19.

"I signed an eviction moratorium for US counties experiencing substantial & high levels of #COVID19 transmission," Walensky wrote. "Mass evictions could lead to new spikes in COVID-19. This order will help those who are at risk of transmitting COVID-19 self-quarantine."

Newsweek has asked the CDC and the White House for comment.

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Tucker Carlson speaks onstage during Politicon 2018 at Los Angeles Convention Center on October 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Carlson has called a new moratorium on evictions "not even arguably legal." Rich Polk/Getty Images for Politicon