Tucker Carlson Doesn't Think America Should Let Medical Experts Make Coronavirus Decisions

Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Thursday lashed out at the medical establishment for allegedly failing the country with their handling of the coronavirus outbreak and questioned why America is allowing them to make pandemic decisions.

In his heated Tucker Carlson Tonight monologue this evening, Carlson said it is "bewildering" that the U.S. have let public health officials decide the country's COVID-19 response. Carlson then questioned whether it would have made more sense to quarantine only the elderly and immunocompromised citizens rather than issue stay-at-home orders for the entire population.

"It's clearly a conversation we should've had before we locked the entire country down and put 10 million people out of work. But we didn't have that conversation," he said. "Instead, we outsourced the decision to public health officials, and that is the strange irony of the moment we're living through."

Carlson then declared that "one of the main lessons of this crisis is that the public health establishment failed us badly."

"We're being asked to trust these same people without hesitation and for the most part we are doing that," the host told his viewers. "In other words, the experts failed yet the experts now have more power than ever before. It's bewildering."

While Carlson claimed that "this is not an argument against expertise," he went on to argue that "we cannot allow experts to make the big decisions."

"That's not their job. This is a democracy. It is our job," he added.

Newsweek reached out to Fox News for comment.

Since its debut in November 2016, Tucker Carlson Tonight, described by Fox News as an "hour of spirited debate and powerful reporting," has focused on threatening stories about immigrants and outrage over political correctness.

In the wake of two domestic mass shootings last August, Carlson called the country's growing concern about the rise of white supremacy and nationalism a "hoax" and "conspiracy theory used to divide the country."

"The whole [white supremacy issue] is a lie," he said. "It's actually not a real problem in America."

Thousands of Americans responded by using the hashtag #FireTuckerCarlson to call on Fox News to cut Carlson's show. The online movement was not the first time citizens have united in their attempts to get him off the air. In 2019, at least 35 companies pulled their advertising on the show over controversial statements made by its host.

But despite the controversy, Tucker Carlson Tonight still remains one of the most-watched cable news programs in America. In the first quarter of 2020, the Fox News show, which averaged 4 million viewers, was the second most-watched cable news program. Another Fox News program, Hannity, came in first place with an average of 4.2 million viewers.

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson discusses 'Populism and the Right' during the National Review Institute's Ideas Summit at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel March 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty