Fox News host Tucker Carlson devoted a segment of his daily program last night to attacking an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for posting a transgender flag to their Twitter bio.
“[They] tells you that [their] preferred pronouns are they and them,” Carlson said, even though he used “he” pronouns throughout the entire segment, saying that being non-binary is proof that Walker is “not a disinterested scientist” but “a leftwing activist.”
Just last week, Carlson was using his cable news platform to explain why he’s “nervous” about the COVID-19 vaccine. Its marketing campaign “feels false, because it is. It’s too slick,” Carlson said at the time, echoing anti-vaccine rhetoric that experts fear could hinder the roll-out of the coronavirus vaccine.
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But this week, Carlson has been complaining that white people will be denied the vaccine, accusing the CDC of “eugenics” because they want to some essential workers to have priority in getting the vaccine. Essential workers have been at higher risk of getting the virus and also tend to be less white than the population as a whole, while the elderly tend to be more white, Carlson pointed out.
On his show yesterday, he all but accused a non-binary worker at the CDC of attempting to murder white elderly people by denying them the vaccine with no proof at all that the worker was involved in any decisions the CDC made about the vaccine.
“[Their] name is Joe Walker,” Carlson said, posting a picture of Walker. “[They] describe [themselves] as ‘non-binary.’ [They] are barely in [their] 20s.”
“[They] proudly displays a transgender flag in [their] Twitter account,” Carlson said, as if viewers should be horrified.
Adding that Walker “appears to be American,” Carlson said that they “support the defund the police movement.”
“So there you go,” Carlson concludes. “Man of science or political activist? We’ll let you answer the question.” Walker, according to their Twitter bio, is not a man, and Carlson should know this because he just described the bio.
Carlson did not explain what Walker had to do with the COVID-19 vaccine’s roll-out.
This is so incredibly gross
Tucker Carlson just used his relatively gigantic platform to attack some random CDC staffer for the crime of….having a transgender flag in their twitter bio pic.twitter.com/ttMUDLTib1
— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) December 23, 2020
Carlson falsely claimed on his show that the CDC recommended “non-healthcare essential workers should get the vaccine first,” when in fact the CDC recommended that health care workers and long-term care facility residents get the vaccine before anyone else.
The CDC has also said that people over the age of 65 and “at high risk for severe COVID-19 illness due to underlying medical conditions” are being considered for early COVID-19 vaccination if supplies continue to be limited, with one of the stated goals being to “decrease death and serious disease as much as possible.”