- Fox News host Tucker Carlson called the sight of kids wearing masks “repulsive” and a form of “child abuse.”
- He advocated for people to call the police or Child Protective Services if they see children wearing masks on his Monday night show.
- Carlson called mask-wearers liberal “zealots” and “neurotics” and goaded viewers into mocking them.
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Fox News host Tucker Carlson raged against the idea of wearing face masks on Monday night, telling his viewers to openly mock those they see wearing masks outside.
“Your response when you see children wearing masks as they play should be no different from your response to seeing someone beat a kid in Walmart. Call the police immediately. Contact Child Protective Services. Keep calling until someone arrives,” Carlson said.
“What you’re looking at is abuse, it’s child abuse, and you are morally obligated to attempt to prevent it.”
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He also called the sight of a child wearing masks “repulsive,” and a form of child abuse, referencing statements made by general practitioner Mary Harrow, who told a Colorado education board on Monday that face masks can “cause low oxygen and high carbon dioxide levels” and “create fear, anxiety, and headaches.”
The idea that masks can lower oxygen levels has been debunked.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people are still encouraged to wear masks in public settings, at events, gatherings, and anywhere that they will be around other people, as a mask is known to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The Biden administration is likely to implement new guidance on mask-wearing outside for fully vaccinated people soon, but White House chief medical advisor Anthony Fauci says people should continue to abide by public health measures until the CDC makes a further assessment.
But the Fox News host appeared to take issue with the concept of mask-wearing in general, calling masks a sign of political obedience, like “Kim Il-Sung pins in Pyongyang.”
Carlson also said that liberals who wore masks were “zealots” and “neurotics,” saying that mask-wearing was indicative of an “actual mental health condition.”
“So the next time you see someone in a mask on the sidewalk or on the bike path, do not hesitate. Ask politely but firmly, ‘Would you please take off your mask? Science shows there is no reason for you to be wearing it. Your mask is making me uncomfortable,” Carlson suggested.
“We should do that and we should keep doing it until wearing a mask outside is roughly as socially accepted as lighting a Marlboro on an elevator,” he said.
Insider has reached out to Fox News for comment.