Fox News host Tucker Carlson is the latest person to have old, controversial comments resurface because apparently that’s what the media likes to do in the #MeToo era.
Media Matters published clips and transcripts from appearances Carlson made during 2006 and 2011 on a radio program called “Bubba the Love Sponge.” In those clips and transcripts, Carlson makes comments about crimes committed by cult leader – and convicted child sex offender – Warren Jeffs.
He also calls women “extremely primitive,” says he feels “sorry for unattractive women,” uses a profanity to describe a woman, calls another a “pig” and refers to two others as “whores.”
From USA Today:
During one of the discussions about Jeffs, who was accused, among other things, of arranging marriages between underage girls and adult men, Carlson said what he had done was not as bad as a violent assault.
“I am not defending underage marriage at all,” Carlson said in a clip from 2009. “I just don’t think it’s the same thing exactly as pulling a child from a bus stop and sexually assaulting that child.”
When the hosts pushed back, saying that what Jeffs did was arguably worse because it was “more planned out and plotted,” Carlson disagreed.
“Hold on a second. The rapist, in this case, has made a lifelong commitment to live and take care of the person, so it is a little different. I mean, let’s be honest about it,” Carlson said.
In another clip from that 2009 interview, Carlson incorrectly said Jeffs “didn’t marry underaged girls” (he would be convicted in 2011 of marrying and sexually assaulting two girls ages 12 and 15).
Carlson said the real reason Jeffs was in prison was “because he’s weird and unpopular and he has a different lifestyle that other people find creepy.” He said that if he made the laws, Jeffs would go free while former NFL quarterback Michael Vick would have been given the death penalty for dog fighting.
“I’m not for child rape. I’m just saying, if you mistreat dogs like that, we’re going to have.
Here’s the NSFW clip.
— Media Matters (@mmfa) March 10, 2019
Carlson responded by saying:
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) March 11, 2019