Tucker Carlson criticized the Biden administration for prioritizing the return of a black lesbian WNBA player who “despises America” in a prisoner swap with Russia over Marine Paul Whelan.
“So at this point, we can assume the obvious,” Carlson said. The Biden administration chose Brittney Griner over Paul Whelan. The basketball player over the Marine facing 16 years.
“There was only room for one in the lifeboat and the Marine got left behind,” he noted.
“Well, why did they make that choice? Well, you should know that Whelan is a Trump voter, and he made the mistake of saying so on social media,” Carlson said. “He’s paying the price for that now. Brittney Griner is not. She’s got very different politics. Brittney Griner despises the United States. She’s been very vocal about that.”
“This country is so repellent and immoral that two years ago she said: ‘I honestly feel we should not play the national anthem during our basketball season.’ She hates the country so much she doesn’t want to hear its anthem,” Carlson said.
“That’s the kind of position that gets you rewarded by Joe Biden. ‘Hate America? Perfect. We’ll free the guy who sold weapons to drug cartels to get you out early.'”
Carlson continued, “So there’s that. And then there’s the matter of identity, which is central to equity. Brittney Griner is not White and she’s a lesbian. Now, those facts might seem irrelevant to you. We hope they do seem irrelevant because they are, but they’re not irrelevant to the White House press secretary. In the view of the White House press secretary, those are essential qualifications for a prisoner swap.”
The host then played footage of Karine jean-Pierre saying, “On a personal note, Brittany is more than an athlete, more than an Olympian. She is an important role model and inspiration to millions of Americans, particularly the LGBTQI+ Americans and women of color. She should never have been detained by Russia.”
“Oh, so it’s not that you can’t have an American mistreated by a foreign government — you can’t have a black female icon mistreated by a foreign government,” Carlson said.
“See that? You get more rights based on what color you are, what sexual orientation you are,” Carlson said. “But that’s not how this country works or has ever worked or should ever work. That’s immoral.”