Fox News host Tucker Carlson slammed Democratic 2020 candidates he referred to as “mediocrities” who politicize mass shootings for their own campaign advancements.
In an impassioned monologue during Wednesday’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” he lamented how mass shootings should rally the nation as a wake-up call instead of becoming a tool by the left to demonize opponents who seek to benefit from the pain of others.
(Video: Fox News)
“Tragedies have a way of revealing who people really are,” Carlson began.
“The decent ones rise to the moment, as hard as it is. They bring clarity and comfort and solutions. The low ones, by contrast, see sadness as a business opportunity. They’re happy to leverage the suffering of others in order to increase their own power,” he said.
“Ghouls like that thrive in the aftermath of mass shootings like the one we’ve recently seen,” Carlson went on, showing a clip of Democratic 2020 hopeful Beto O’Rourke who “wasted not a single moment before rushing onto a television set and sneering at other people’s prayers.”
“The thoughts and prayers that you just referred to, it has done nothing to stop the epidemic of gun violence,” the former Texas congressman said in an interview on CNN. “We’re averaging about 300 mass shootings a year. No other country comes close. So yes, this is f—ed up.”
“Wow. Catch that? Beto used the F-word on live television. How unbelievably cool is that? He’s like a jazz musician from the fifties giving the finger to the man,” Carlson said mockingly.
“If you’re someone who finds that hip and appealing, well, you’re in luck. For just 30 bucks, you can buy a “This is so F’ed up” T-shirt directly from Beto’s campaign,” he noted, referring to the campaign ploy which claimed all proceeds would go to the gun-control groups Mom’s Demand Action and March for Our Lives.
Beto’s coming for your guns, sells vulgar t-shirts after using F-word repeatedly https://t.co/PiwolWDVsL
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 2, 2019
“But Beto is not stopping there with T-shirts and profanity. He has got ideas on how to stop mass shootings. They begin and end with banning guns,” Carlson continued.
“Will it work? Well, we don’t have to guess; we know the answer because we’ve tried it before under Bill Clinton,” he explained. “Remember, the assault weapons ban that was in place for 10 years? It had precisely zero effect on rates of violence in this country. It’s not an opinion. It’s not a defense to the Second Amendment. It’s a fact. It’s been studied extensively, including by the Clinton administration.”
The Fox News host went on to note that the Democrat “hasn’t read those” and “is not interested in what they say.”
“He is going to confiscate firearms from tens of millions of law-abiding Americans, whether it works or not. And he doesn’t care what you think about it,” he said, describing O’Rourke’s gun “buyback” proposal as just “nonsense.”
“This is gun confiscation. It’s nothing but that. It’s an attempt to eliminate a constitutional right that a ruling class finds inconvenient,” Carlson said.
“It won’t reduce gun violence. In fact, sending armed authorities door-to-door to seize people’s lawfully-owned weapons is itself a surefire recipe for causing violence. So if you cared about America and the people who live here, you would not suggest that,” he added, noting that New York City Mayor and Democratic presidential hopeful candidate Bill de Blasio as well Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren have “endorsed forcible gun seizures.”
Former Vice President Joe Biden also had a proposal over the weekend in Iowa, calling for the “elimination of assault-type weapons [and] magazines that can hold multiple bullets.”
Biden calls for ban of magazines that hold more than one bullet https://t.co/1OZCdUicoK
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 3, 2019
“Yes, ‘mindless.’ That’s the perfect word for what he said,” Carlson said.
“Serious people don’t talk like that. Mass shootings ought to be an alarm that awakens the rest of us to the emergency — the real emergency — unfolding at the center of our culture,” he contended.
“Why is this happening? How did nihilism and violence and rage and loneliness become regular features of American life? Something is fundamentally wrong. What is it? And critically, is materialism enough to fix it?” he asked. “Those are the metaphysical questions we ought to be thinking about deeply, seriously and debating every time some lunatic shoots up a public place.”
“But that’s not what we get. Instead, we get mediocrities like Beto and Elizabeth Warren screaming at rural America about how they’re the problem, and they need to give up their ancient rights — or else,” Carlson concluded. “We deserve much better than that. We need much more than that.”
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