Tucker Carlson Doubles Down on Encouraging People to be 'Nervous' About COVID Vaccine

Fox News host Tucker Carlson doubled down on warnings about the rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine on Friday. For the second day in a row, Carlson told his audience they had reason to worry about the vaccine.

In a segment of his prime time show, which was accompanied by a similar op-ed on the Fox News website, Carlson said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control's plan to distribute the vaccine was based on race and would disadvantage older white people.

He went on to claim that sections of the scientific community and the media were now supporting eugenics, the discredited idea of improving the human race through selective breeding, which had a strongly racist dimension.

Carlson said "we should be rejoicing" that a COVID vaccine has been developed but added "[t]here are rational reasons to be skeptical. There's never in history been a successful vaccine for any variety of the coronavirus."

"Americans understand that many of our leaders really don't care about them. They don't care human beings in general," Carlson went on.

"They are ideologues. They're religious fanatics who worship their secular gods of money, power, woke. Whether their policies help or hurt individuals doesn't seem of great interest to them.

"These are the people who removed police from poor neighborhoods because it made them feel less guilty about their own pampered lives and their own ill-gotten wealth. As a result of that decision, many Americans died, including small children, but they kept doing it. They never apologized. Human suffering seemed irrelevant to them. It was the theory that mattered."

"Unfortunately, some of these very same people, the worst in our already unimpressive professional class, are now in charge of the coronavirus vaccine, and that should make you nervous," he said.

Carlson also criticized the CDC's planned rollout of the vaccine in his Fox News Op-Ed, calling it "entirely racial" and claiming that the CDC had decided "Old people in this country are too White to save. They even put it in writing."

He was referring to reports that the CDC wants to vaccinate essential workers before the elderly in an effort to mitigate racial healthcare inequalities. Many communities of color have been severely affected by the virus.

"It's been a very long time since anyone close to what we would consider the mainstream has endorsed eugenics, but that's exactly what this is," Carlson wrote, before citing what he claimed were examples in the media

During his Thursday show, which is the most watched cable news show in history, Carlson had said of the vaccine program: "So how are the rest of us supposed to respond to a marketing campaign like this? Well, nervously. Even if you're strongly supportive of vaccines, and we are even if you recognize how many millions of lives have been saved over the past 50 years by vaccines, and we do, it all seems a bit much, it feels false, because it is. It's too slick."

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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, D.C. Carlson has doubled down on reasons to be "nervous" about a COVID-19 vaccine. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images