During a speech at the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa, Fox News host Tucker Carlson claimed that the appearance of national political consensus on Twitter “isn’t real,” and added that the social media platform is the “domain of super unhappy people with empty personal lives and creepy political agendas.”
In the speech, which was posted to Twitter by The Columbia Bugle, Carlson urged American voters to be “really wary of candidates who care what the New York Times thinks.”
Carlson pointed to Republican politicians like former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, who according to Carlson rushed judgement in the case of George Floyd to appease the mainstream media instead of Americans.
“One thing I can tell you after 31 years in this business is you don’t know right away the details of any news event, period. Period. You just don’t know, they’re unknowable actually. That’s why anyone who draws instant quick and dirty lessons from some dramatic piece of video tape is either an idiot or trying to manipulate you, usually the latter,” Carlson said.
Tucker Carlson Discussing Leadership And Need For Voters To Hold Their Politicians Accountable During Speech In Iowa
"You need to be really wary of candidates who care what the New York Times thinks." pic.twitter.com/Qp8Eicc2zd
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) July 18, 2022
“But the second something like that happens, I pay very close attention to how people react. I’ll never forget that. I mean I had no idea who George Floyd was and nobody did. I didn’t know the back story, I had no idea, I saw the video and it looked bad to me, but what do I know? It was always more complicated than that,” said Carlson.
“Nikki Haley saw that, she’s sitting at home, she sent a tweet out that said ‘I feel this, this is personal and painful to me,’ and I’m almost quoting, I’ll never forget it as long as I live, and then she said ‘in order for healing to occur, whatever happens next must be personal and painful for everyone.'”
Carlson exclaimed, “I thought really? Why is that? And of course, what happens next was personal and painful for everyone.”
“Our cities burned down, a lot of people died. And I thought, why should what happened between a cop and George Floyd outside a convenience store in Minneapolis be ‘personal and painful’ to anybody else? What are you even talking about? Oh, you have no idea what you’re talking about. You’re trying to please the people whose opinions you actually care about at the New York Times.”
Towards the end of the speech, Carlson urged Americans to hold their elected officials accountable over the issues that they care about no matter what people on Twitter have to say.
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“If people who’ve lived in this country their entire lives, followed all the rules mostly, paid a lot to the government, hoisted the flag, sent their children into military service for generations — if those people are getting shafted, and you’re not putting everything on the line to protect them, and their children, and their grandchildren, and generations yet unborn, you just don’t deserve the vote of anyone,” Carlson said. “I mean that.”
“I will say to you, I hope you hold them accountable in a real way and never be embarrassed to ask about issues that matter to you. There’s no national council that determines what’s supposed to matter to America,” Carlson added.
“Twitter isn’t real, okay? It’s the domain of super unhappy people with empty personal lives and creepy political agendas. What matters to you is what matters to you, and you have every right, in fact you have a constitutional duty to tell your representative to represent you on those issues,” he said.