Shortly after Fox News was forced to make a rare apology for using mental illness as a slur, Tucker Carlson employed the same tactic to try to discredit House Intelligence Committee Chair, Democratic Representative Adam Schiff of California.
Schiff's committee is conducting a congressional hearing over the now infamous call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Carlson focused on Thursdays's session with the acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI).
After claiming "you don't get on television unless you say extreme and mindless things" with an apparent lack of awareness of the irony...
#TuckerCarlson tells viewers that people on TV say just extreme and mindless things... such as @RepAdamSchiff is m… https://t.co/Ts3wW9FNP4— I Got The Data 🌊 (@I Got The Data 🌊) 1569549393.0
...Carlson said of Schiff:
"He recently went into a kind of trance and delivered his own prophetic version of what he believed must have happened between President Trump and the President of Ukraine.”
Carlson then played a clip of Schiff from the hearing. The Fox News host added the oddly specific:
“Keep in mind, that isn’t some guy babbling in the men’s room at Starbucks, that is the man who chairs the mighty House Intelligence Committee."
“We trust him with the most sensitive information and yet he is clearly, demonstrably mentally ill."
Watch the expanded segment here:
While Carlson's theatrics and deliberately obtuse understanding of President Donald Trump's actions may have played well to the faithful, few others were fans.
@thedailybeast This is the funniest item I've seen today. Schiff is mentally ill? Do you ever watch Tucker Carlson'… https://t.co/gALmHgtMdi— Justin Weiner (@Justin Weiner) 1569548026.0
@thedailybeast *The Trump Administration - Season 3* A Fox News Production. https://t.co/gaMzKjj98g— Agit-Pop (@Agit-Pop) 1569547727.0
@thedailybeast Go ahead, say it again Tuck. "My show is not partisan"— Justin Weiner (@Justin Weiner) 1569548704.0
@thedailybeast hmmm ... https://t.co/FFqsqewASr— Robert M (@Robert M) 1569552117.0
@thedailybeast Fox News is a national security threat.— 🌙🌞🌍TerriAnn 🌏🌚🌜 (@🌙🌞🌍TerriAnn 🌏🌚🌜) 1569549386.0
@thedailybeast https://t.co/TI8K2cCwRE— Wilburn3 🇺🇸💊🐊🌊#warren2020 (@Wilburn3 🇺🇸💊🐊🌊#warren2020) 1569547749.0
@thedailybeast I think that is what they call "projection" on Carlson's part.— Nancy Nietupski (@Nancy Nietupski) 1569548145.0
@thedailybeast https://t.co/pGv4Di5Q8v— Bathsheba Dreams in Blue (@Bathsheba Dreams in Blue) 1569549306.0
@thedailybeast @TuckerCarlson will be collateral damage.— Intrepid Warrior (@Intrepid Warrior) 1569552113.0
@thedailybeast https://t.co/yCDbtCrm9m— Negatron2.0 (@Negatron2.0) 1569548161.0
@thedailybeast No, Tucker is the one that looks possessed by a bat crap crazy person. It's funny to watch him lose… https://t.co/vzJrQgScUH— Darwin 🌊 (@Darwin 🌊) 1569549500.0
@thedailybeast Ok. So Trump is a genius. Giuliani is brilliant, and it's Schiff who is crazy. Got it. https://t.co/81DLLxjGqS— Really (@Really) 1569550970.0
For Fox hosts and programs that are closely associated with the Trump family and administration—giving them airtime free of challenges regarding false statements such as Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson and Fox & Friends—the possible impeachment of Donald Trump could impact their own programs and careers.
@thedailybeast When Trump goes down for his abuse of power and betrayal of our national security, I hope you go dow… https://t.co/uqxykAtYjA— Sam (@Sam) 1569550157.0
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