Tucker Carlson Rips Dems, Twitter Culture For Putting Pressure on Public Figures to Apologize

Fox News host Tucker Carlson went on a tangent about—what else—liberal politics during his Friday evening show, accusing progressives of creating a culture in which "lying is the currency of public life."

He directed his ire in this particular case at Democratic presidential hopefuls who have apologized for controversial behavior—something Carlson has refused to do when met with boycott campaigns for his inflammatory comments about women and minorities.

At one point, Carlson suggested that Twitter was a platform wherein "humor and dissent are criminal acts, where lying is the currency of public life, and where authorities whose names you don't know can destroy you for thinking the wrong things."

The host opened his spiel by mocking Pete Buttigieg — presidential hopeful and mayor of South Bend, Indiana — for expressing regret over once saying "All Lives Matter," a phrase often used to undermine Black Lives Matter efforts. Then, he moved toward Beto O'Rourke. The former Texas representative came under fire in March for joking that his wife, Amy Hoover Sanders, did most of the child-rearing while he campaigned for the Democratic ticket.

"Beto O'Rourke, who is 46 years old and still skateboards, has no dignity," Carlson began, seemingly upset that O'Rourke had acknowledged benefitting from white privilege. "He fell apart completely. He groveled and whimpered and abased himself. He even expanded the self-criticism and apologized for the way he was born."

During the segment, Carlson also lampooned Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for stating that "diversity is our strength as a country."

Carlson has been one of the most outspoken political commentators against immigration, once remarking in 2018 that it "makes our country poorer, and dirtier, and more divided."

"...There's nothing liberal about any of this, obviously," the Fox News host opined. "It is purely authoritarian, woke fascism....not just conventional lying—the ordinary truth-shading of everyday life—but terrifying, full inversion lies, the exact opposite of the truth, the kind of lies that regimes that seek total control must tell in order to maintain their power."

It's not Carlson's first screed against apologies. When pressured to express contrition for his statements about immigration and a host of other racist and misogynistic remarks, Carlson said he refused to capitulate to "Twitter mobs" and thanked Fox News for its support amid a loss of advertisers.

The advertising boycott continued into this year when audio recordings were unearthed by Media Matters for America, a left-wing media watchdog. The recordings capture Carlson defending a polygamist found guilty of child rape, calling women "primitive" and describing Iraq as "a crappy place filled" with "semiliterate primitive monkeys."

In other recordings, he questioned the blackness of former President Barack Obama and said Martha Stewart's daughter was a "c*nt" who needed a "spanking."

More than 30 companies have yanked ads from his program over his remarks.

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