'The guy who created COVID': Tucker Carlson faces furious blowback over slanderous attack on Fauci
Fox News host on Wednesday Tucker Carlson opened a big can of worms with his latest bizarre conspiracy theory. According to the conservative talk show host, Dr. Anthony Fauci "created" COVID.
On his July 28 show, Carlson included a mind-boggling rant about COVID. As numerous states face an alarming resurgence in coronavius cases due to the rapidly spreading Delta variant of the virus, Carlson launched an attack on the COVID vaccine.
"The bigger question is if the vaccine works as well as they claim it does," Tucker said, talking about the Biden administration. "Why are so many vaccinated people getting COVID? … It's happening to a lot of people, probably people you know. Most of them are fine, not all of them, but they're still getting COVID."
"If you want us to have confidence in your medicine, then tell us the full truth," he continued, adding, "But they won't."
Carlson went on to attack the scientific community as he falsely claimed they have boasted about the vaccine being "perfect.' That's when he accused Fauci of creating the virus before posting a clip of the nation's top infectious disease expert discussing the virus and vaccine.
"They've been telling us for six months that this vaccine is perfect. But clearly, in some cases, it doesn't always work. And that's not our theory, by the way, take it from the guy who created COVID," Tucker said.
Tucker Carlson casually says Dr Fauci "created" Covid (Dr Fauci did not create Covid) https://t.co/QKNH64yiHc— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1627518412.0
Almost immediately after the segment aired, social media users fired back at Carlson in Fauci's defense. Some even questioned why Carlson is able to perpetuate such disturbing rhetoric to the masses without suffering consequences for inaccurate reporting.
@atrupar How is he allowed to say that on national television with zero consequences?— Eric Sherman (@Eric Sherman) 1627518476.0
Others are calling for accountability for people like former President Donald Trump, his White House senior advisor Jared Kushner, and others who contributed to the COVID conspiracy theories and vaccine misconceptions. Twitter users even believe Fauci may have a defamation case against the talk show host.
One Twitter user wrote, "There needs to be accountability for the folks who blew the Covid response. From Trump and pence and Kushner on down. It was the greatest national security and public health and financial failure in American history. And we need justice to heal and honor the lost and recover now."
@atrupar There needs to be accountability for the folks who blew the Covid response. From Trump and pence and Kushn… https://t.co/cLwanmmKNy— Luke Zaleski (@Luke Zaleski) 1627529374.0
@atrupar This is slander and he is legally liable. You can’t just SAY things like that on a national platform and e… https://t.co/9eotO1Oa2w— Michael Hamilton (@Michael Hamilton) 1627523137.0
@atrupar „Defamation that causes harm to reputation is a tort and also an exception to free speech“— islandgirl (@islandgirl) 1627518912.0
@atrupar I'm so anxious anytime I'm watching tucker, he just looks like he's a split second from rage screaming at… https://t.co/aUgiaOwRJc— Green Shirt Guy: Total Laughing (@Green Shirt Guy: Total Laughing) 1627521559.0
@atrupar At what point can the business, Fox News, be sued for slander and incitement? Harassment? This is targeted… https://t.co/n9frvdTPT7— Shelby Edwards (@Shelby Edwards) 1627521449.0
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