Tucker Carlson strongly criticized Fox News for apologizing and removing the producer who portrayed Biden as a “wannabe dictator” during Trump’s court appearance. This occurred as the DOJ under the Biden administration indicted Trump, the first current or former President to face federal charges, raising concerns about resembling a banana republic where leaders misuse the law to suppress political opponents.
After briefly addressing the ongoing internal political conflicts with his former employer, who has made efforts to silence him and even issued a cease and desist letter, Tucker Carlson dedicated the rest of his fourth episode on Twitter to drawing comparisons between Biden’s actions and those of a “wannabe dictator.”
“Of course, Joe Biden is not a wannabe dictator. Just because he’s trying to put the other candidate in prison for the rest of his life for a crime he himself committed, doesn’t mean he has a totalitarian impulse. Come on. That’s absurd,” Carlson jokingly said. “It takes a lot more than jailing your political rivals to earn the title ‘wannabe dictator.’”
Carlson added that ‘wannabe dictators,’ “enrich themselves and their families, their tribe, even as the countries they govern grow steadily poorer and more desperate. They take kickbacks from businesses and from other dictators. They use the official functions of their government to funnel cash to themselves. They don’t bother to hide the fruits of this,”
“They live in garish mansions, with big lawns far from the teeming cities, even as their own citizens languish in growing poverty in some cases, literally living in tents on the street.”
Carlson highlighted the corrupt practices of wannabe dictators, who enrich themselves while their countries suffer, using official functions to funnel money. He also shed light on the risks faced by protesters, exemplified by the arrest of Ashli Babbit’s mother during a Washington, DC protest. Babbit tragically lost her life on January 6th, 2021, not at the hands of Trump-supporting protestors as portrayed in the media, but by Capitol Hill police officer Sergeant Mike Byrd, who fatally shot her despite her being an unarmed female who happened to be near a window. This incident raises serious questions about Byrd’s unnecessary use of lethal force, which can only be described as a political assassination.
Carlson criticized the suppression of dissent, unequal treatment, censorship, and erasure of opposing opinions. He highlighted that in a dictatorship, public protests are banned, and expressing grievances from one’s own home is prohibited. Unauthorized opinions on the internet would be censored, and any truths challenging the regime would be erased. Carlson emphasized the limited options for dissenting under such circumstances, stating:
“People can’t gather in large numbers to protest the rule of the dictator if they try that they’ll be arrested by his state security services, even years after the fact.”
“And by the way, it’s not just public protests that would be banned in a dictatorship, you wouldn’t be allowed to complain from your own home, unauthorized opinions expressed on the internet would be censored. Go too far, press too deep, tell too much truth, and they’ll just erase your opinions. They have no choice really.”
Carlson would go on to criticize a video posted to “The White House” on Twitter, an account managed by the Biden administration, where the President claimed a sense of “ownership” over American children while honoring LGBTQ Americans. This drew criticism from Republicans and moderates, as it aligned with accusations of polarization and controversial LGBT-related lesson plans in schools. The remarks about “our kids” raised concerns and sparked questions about the true intentions of the Biden administration.
Carlson countered the notion that Joe Biden’s statement about children implies ownership like a dictator. He highlighted Biden’s intention of viewing America’s children as belonging to the collective rather than solely to Biden himself. In a lighthearted manner, Carlson humorously mentioned that parents now share joint custody with Biden, comparing him to a father figure at the head of the nation. While playfully referring to the country as “his fatherland,” Carlson cautioned against labeling it a dictatorship to avoid the need for a disavowal statement.