FOX News’ Tucker Carlson is a political commentator and host on Tucker Carlson Tonight.
The political commentator has not been shy about his views on wearing masks and his latest comments sparked major reactions on Twitter.
Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson encouraged his viewers to confront those wearing masks outdoorsCredit: AP
What did Tucker Carlson say about masks?
Tucker Carlson has sparked controversy for encouraging his viewers to confront those wearing masks in public.
The Fox News host also urged his viewers to call child protective services and report the parents of children wearing masks outdoors.
Carlson began his April 26 monologue criticizing “neurotic” liberals who wear masks outside, calling it a “charade” because science shows the risk of spreading Covid-19 outdoors is low.
The host labeled people who wear masks outside “the aggressors,” adding it was “our job to brush them back and restore the society we were born in.”
“The next time you see someone in a mask on the sidewalk or on the bike path do not hesitate, ask politely but firmly ‘ would you please take off your mask?’
“‘Science shows there is no reason for you to be wearing it. Your mask is making me uncomfortable,'” Carlson told his viewers.
Carlson also urged his viewers to call child protective services and report the parents of children wearing masks outdoorsCredit: Fox
Carlson continued and questioned mask wearing anywhere.
“Every American who wants the vaccine can get the vaccine and that means at this point there is no scientific justification for any mask mandate, anywhere. It’s that simple,” the Fox News anchor said.
Carlson also urged his viewers to call child protective services and report the parents of children wearing masks outdoors.
“As for forcing children to wear masks outside, that should be illegal,” he said on his program.
“Your response when you see children wearing masks as they play should be no different from your response to seeing someone beat a kid in Walmart.
Call the police immediately, contact child protective services. Keep calling until someone arrives.”
Carlson added that requiring children to wear masks while outdoors constitutes child abuse and that all Americans “are morally obligated to attempt to prevent it.”
“If it’s your own children being abused, then act accordingly. Let’s say your kid’s school emailed you and announced that every day after lunch, your sixth-grader was going to get punched in the face by a teacher. How would you respond to that?” he asked.
“That’s precisely how you should respond when they tell you that your kids have to wear masks on the soccer field. That is unacceptable, it is dangerous, and we should act like it because it is.
“But too few of us have responded like that. We have been shamefully passive in the face of all of this.”
Carlson claims science shows the risk of spreading Covid-19 outdoors is lowCredit: Fox News
What has Tucker Carlson said about the coronavirus pandemic?
Carlson has previously downplayed the dangers of the coronavirus during the pandemic, especially among young Americans.
The Fox News anchor has questioned the science behind mask-wearing, social distancing and other public health measures that have been implemented by various state governments and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
On April 27, President Joe Biden is expected to announce new guidance on mask-wearing among vaccinated Americans while outdoors.
On April 25, Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious diseases expert, called the likelihood of a vaccinated person contracting coronavirus while not wearing a mask outdoors “minuscule”.
Tucker Carlson has consistently downplayed the dangers of the coronavirus pandemicCredit: Fox
What are people saying on Twitter?
Twitter users blasted Carlson after he told his viewers to confront people who are wearing masks outdoors.
One person tweeted, “Please call child protective services on anyone who forces their kids to watch Tucker Carlson.”
Another person said, “Tucker Carlson put our children in danger last night and I’m furious. @FoxNews #FireTuckerCarlson.”
A third person chimed in saying, ” Tucker Carlson says if you see a kid wearing a mask you should react like that kid has been beaten and call the cops… The guy is dangerous and shouldn’t be on tv.”
A fourth person commented, “I’m calling the police if I see Tucker Carlson outside.”
Some were in favor for Tucker’s comments:
Another wrote: “Tucker Carlson for president 2024.”