To the surprise of very few, another Fox host is embroiled in controversy over sexism this week. Donald Trump Jr. has now tried to defend Tucker Carlson after Media Matters for America released clips of him calling into a radio show some years ago with a wide range of misogynistic and otherwise toxic commentary that went so far as to include him defending polygamist leader Warren Jeffs over accusations that he arranged marriages between underage girls and older men. Carlson said even if he wouldn’t personally actively support such a move, he didn’t think that was such a bad thing!
Carlson refused to apologize for any of the commentary! He is on tape defending child marriage and he doesn’t think that’s even worthy of an apology.
Trump Jr. thinks the Fox host’s stance is great.
He ranted on Twitter:
‘This is how to handle the outrage mob. Remember, even the most sincere apology means nothing to them. They want to break and ruin you. That’s their end goal.’
This is how to handle the outrage mob. Remember, even the most sincere apology means nothing to them. They want to break and ruin you. That’s their end goal. https://t.co/gngwi5EKy4
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 11, 2019
MAYBE — and hear us out on this one, Trump Jr. — maybe those concerned about Carlson’s commentary actually care more about the young girls whose captivity he was defending than trying to “break and ruin” him. Just a thought!
Besides saying that maybe taking a young girl essentially into sex slavery isn’t such a bad thing after all, Carlson had other repugnant commentary during his time calling into the “Bubba the Love Sponge” radio show in the late 2000s. For instance, he claimed that women are “extremely primitive” and “just need to be quiet and kind of do what you’re told.” He also singled out a wide range of both prominent and not-so-prominent women for criticism.
The best he had to offer in response was a dismissal of the commentary as him having said “something naughty,” adding:
‘Rather than express the usual ritual contrition, how about this: I’m on television every weeknight live for an hour. If you want to know what I think, you can watch. Anyone who disagrees with my views is welcome to come and explain why.’
While maintaining a high-profile spot on a high-profile cable news network, Carlson has now refused to indicate even for a second that he no longer believes that women are “primitive” and even if he wouldn’t personally get on board with it, maybe child sex slavery isn’t such a bad thing!
And the son of the president of the United States, who runs that president’s family business in his father’s absence, thinks that’s great!
They’re turning concern about child abuse and toxic sexism into an ad for Fox News to “own the libs” — or whatever.
They might need the extra advertisement, too, since there’s a precedent for advertisers to jump ship as a Fox host goes down, even if temporarily.
The episode parallels a particularly dark one from the 2016 presidential campaign season. Then-candidate Donald Trump was revealed to have bragged about his supposed freedom to commit sexual assault some years prior — and he dismissed the chatter as “locker room talk,” which could basically be taken as a synonym for Carlson’s defense of his own comments as “something naughty.”
The Republican Party continues to define themselves by this nonsense.
Check out Twitter’s response…
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