Far-right Fox News host Tucker Carlson has been one of the most vocal promoters of disinformation regarding the pandemic that's killed over 600 thousand Americans and the lifesaving vaccines for the virus, which have are proven to be safe and effective.
Now, he's defending felonies to his millions of viewers.
With free vaccines widely available in every state for months now, a number of municipalities and private businesses have begun requiring vaccinations for certain spaces, such as gyms and bars. Requiring vaccines has significantly loosened the urgency of safety precautions that were vital at the height of the pandemic.
Rather than getting the free vaccine, a number of willfully unvaccinated people have begun purchasing fake vaccination cards to infiltrate vaccinated-only spaces. Thousands of these cards were recently confiscated by Customs and Border Protection.
Nevertheless, Carlson defended these felons to his unvaccinated viewers.
Tucker Carlson straight up advocates for unvaccinated people to get fake vaccine cards to avoid mandates: "Buying… https://t.co/9TL0D4HF8b— Justin Baragona (@Justin Baragona) 1630629117.0
"Buying a fake vaccination card is not a, quote, 'serious crime.' It's not even close to a serious crime. Buying a fake vaccination card is an act of desperation by decent, law-abiding Americans who have been forced into a corner by tyrants."
His latest deranged screed made waves across social media.
Populism is when you tell people to shell out their hard earned cash to scammers instead of getting the free treatm… https://t.co/MXvkzJZ0QQ— Adam Serwer 🍝 (@Adam Serwer 🍝) 1630635201.0
Tucker is vaccinated. Tucker’s employer requires its employees to be vaccinated. The fraudulent cards are sold by… https://t.co/pPWJdZ4WnT— southpaw (@southpaw) 1630636002.0
It's hard for me to imagine hosting a show where I hate my audience so much I actively try to kill them https://t.co/wq6PJQxkKs— Jon Schwarz (@Jon Schwarz) 1630637143.0
I wonder what his bosses at Fox think about employees showing fake vax cards. After all, the company does have its… https://t.co/QxvEpwa7GT— Oliver Darcy (@Oliver Darcy) 1630635154.0
Hey @FoxNews, is there a line for this guy? https://t.co/j6spaoo38X— Helen Kennedy (@Helen Kennedy) 1630667009.0
Nevermind that, by definition, people who buy fake vaccination cards are not "law-abiding Americans," as Carlson claimed.
Quick fact check: If you break the law you are not a law-abiding American. https://t.co/XStSgcew6g— Seth Masket (@Seth Masket) 1630676145.0
It is literally against the law https://t.co/eWIdfD9N7b— Oliver Willis (@Oliver Willis) 1630635013.0
It's unclear how many of Carlson's viewers will buy fake vaccination cards, considering themselves martyrs along the way.