Video: Fox News Host Tucker Carlson Calls out Liberal Men with 'Totally Primitive Attitudes in Private'

Fox News host Tucker Carlson has slammed liberal men whom, he says, secretly harbor "totally primitive views."

He made the accusation during a Tucker Carlson Tonight debate on Thursday, in reaction to former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper's recent remarks about putting women on election tickets.

Asked by CNN if he would choose a woman as his running mate, Hickenlooper, a newly announced presidential candidate, said, "Of course." He then added, "How come we're not asking, more often, the women: 'Would you be willing to put a man on the ticket?'"

Carlson was discussing whether men should specifically pick women as running mates with civil rights lawyer Robert Patillo. After Patillo defended such a move, Carlson said: "I just love watching—and I'm not attacking you—but watching all these liberal men who...I'm sure, have totally primitive attitudes in private, sort of berating themselves and doing the kind of 'I'm a feminist too' routine."

He continued: "Does that get old? Do you ever feel like saying, 'I just kind of want to say what I think'? And maybe I should just stop being intimidated by people who control our language and thoughts. Do you ever think, I just want to break out and be honest once in a while, or no?"

Patillo then rebuffed Carlson's remarks, saying, "Well, Tucker, the good thing is I'm always honest." The attorney and radio host went on to suggest that the Democratic Party alienated voters in 2016 because it was too politically correct.

"They let someone like Trump come in and pick up what I call the 'shadow MAGA,'" Patillo said. "People who never wear a MAGA hat, who never go to a rally, who never say they support Trump, but who go into the booth and vote for him."

Carlson's remarks come less than two weeks after the progressive nonprofit Media Matters released recordings of the commentator making offensive statements on a radio show. Carlson called women "extremely primitive" in one of a number of controversial calls he made to the Bubba the Love Sponge show from 2006 and 2011. Media Matters described his comments as "racist," "misogynistic" and "homophobic."

Although Carlson's comments were criticized by many, including fellow television hosts Stephen Colbert and CNN's Chris Cuomo, he did not apologize for them. Carlson issued a statement inviting his critics to discuss his views on his show.

President Donald Trump recently came to the defense of Carlson and fellow Fox News host Jeanine Pirro on Twitter, writing: "Your competitors are jealous—they all want what you've got—NUMBER ONE. Don't hand it to them on a silver platter. They can't beat you, you can only beat yourselves!"

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Tucker Carlson speaks during Politicon 2018 at the Los Angeles Convention Center on October 21, 2018. Rich Polk/Getty Images for Politicon