Tucker Carlson’s shenanigans have been ramping up recently, from calling Barack Obama a “creepy old man” (because he’s using the TikTok forum to promote vaccination) to alleging that smoking marijuana reduces sperm counts without proof. Tucker has been seeking coverage from MSNBC anchor Joy Reid for weeks, and several Fox News staffers have reportedly referred to him as a “trash human being.” As Media Matters points out, the problem persists:
He mocked Reid for obtaining the COVID-19 vaccine on April 28, stating, “Well, Joy-Ann Reid, the race lady over at MSNBC, took a quick break from haraguing whitey yesterday to reveal something deeply personal about herself on television.” He misrepresented her remarks regarding vaccine hesitancy the day before… referred to her as “the race woman” twice. Carlson turned Reid’s remarks about Ma’Khia Bryant’s death into an assault on white people on April 22, referring to her as “the race lady” and claiming she’d led “an exceptionally privileged life”… On March 8, he referred to Reid as “the race lady” twice.
That’s a bit excessive (and he won’t stop mentioning Reid’s Harvard affiliation), so let’s just say Reid let loose on MSNBC’s The ReidOut, and we’ll go over her quotes later. Reid didn’t mince words when he declared (via Mediaite) that “I prefer my news and information to be based in reality, rather than monetizing my amygdala to keep me on edge and buying My Pillows and gold,” but she appreciates websites like Media Matters, which “watch Fox News so you don’t have to.” She fired several shots at Tucker, lambasting him for how his MSNBC stint “didn’t work out” and how, on CNN, “Jon Stewart kinda humiliated you.” She dragged him, too: “Did he say Whitey? Oh, honey, honey, Tuckums.” Then she took aim at how he appears to have a problem with her Harvard alum status: “I don’t know, maybe I’m sensitive to this stuff, but it felt like kinda like a dog whistle. Did you want to go to Harvard? Did they reject you?”
No matter, though: “You got all that Swanson money, right? Fish sticks for everybody, woo!” And she wasn’t even close to done while referring to “Lil’ Tucker” as being like “some segregationist housewife from the 1950s” who is “spouting conspiracy theories that white people will be replaced by a Democratic Party conspiracy to import non-white people to outnumber them.”And yes, she blamed Tucker for “making America worse” and essentially being the reason why she (as he mocked) continues to wear masks in crowded places, an act that she described as necessary because of the “endless Covid hell that the Tuckers of our country are keeping us in.”