Fox News Host Tucker Carlson is under fire for his degrading comments about women.
An audio recording has surfaced of Tucker calling women “primitive,” “basic” and “not hard to understand.” He also defended child rapists and underage marriage. The remarks were recorded between 2006 and 2011 on the “Bubba the Love Sponge Show,” a popular radio program broadcast from Tampa.
During one of the conversations about Warren Jeffs, the former leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who is currently serving a life sentence for child rape, Carlson said the charges against him were “bull***t” and that “arranging a marriage between a 16-year-old and a 27-year-old is not the same as pulling a stranger off the street and raping her.”
Marrying a little girl is fine for Carlson because “The rapist, in this case, has made a lifelong commitment to live and take care of the person, so it is a little different.”
Carlson also believes that a reasonable punishment for dogfighting would be execution with no jail time for child rapists. On the radio show, Carlson said that if he made the laws, “Michael Vick would have been executed, and Warren Jeffs would be out on the street.”
Vick, a former NFL quarterback, was sentenced to 23 months in 2007 for dogfighting.
In several segments of the radio show, Carlson said rape shield laws, which are intended to protect the identities and histories of victims of sex crimes, should be eliminated.
Carlson has also gone after prominent women with abusive, sexist and degrading language, such as Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, HuffPost’s former editor in chief Arianna Huffington and TV host Alexis Stewart, Martha Stewart’s daughter.
In May 2010, Carlson said he felt sorry for Kagan, then a Supreme Court nominee, who was “never going to be an attractive woman.” Carlson called Huffington “a pig” and Stewart the c-word. Carlson said he wanted to “give her the spanking she so desperately needs.”
Carlson, who was employed by MSNBC before being hired by Fox News in 2009 as a contributor, has a history of controversial and racist comments, including for saying immigrants make the United States “poorer and dirtier and more divided.”
Conservatives jumped to his defense on Twitter, including the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr.
The Trump family tends to have associates and friends that disrespect women, such as Jeffrey Epstein, convicted of soliciting an underage girl for prostitution, and Bob Kraft, charged with soliciting prostitution. When Alex Acosta, the current U.S. Labor Secretary, served as a U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, he was responsible for Epstein getting a non-prosecution agreement — in contradiction of the evidence at hand.
But tens of thousands of people have condemned Carlson’s comments and are calling for a boycott against the companies that sponsor his show.
The lack of an apology is on purpose. Instead of any type of self-reflection or apology after his “naughty” misogynistic comments, Carlson’s responses to the widespread outrage about his have been to plug his Fox prime-time show. Fox News has not released any official statement and instead has pointed media and the public to Carlson’s statement.