Far-right Fox News host and most prominent racist to lose Dancing with the Stars, Tucker Carlson, took a break from encouraging vaccine hesitancy and promoting racist conspiracy theories to target a member of his own party, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
In a five minute segment on his nightly entertainment broadcast, Carlson railed against McCarthy for renting a room from Republican pollster Frank Luntz,
Frank Luntz & Kevin McCarthy. Not only are they friends. They are roommates. https://t.co/nYGXxV5bya— Tucker Carlson (@Tucker Carlson) 1620090492.0
Carlson said the arrangement was unbelievable and gave Luntz an oversized influence on American politics:
"Honestly, we did not believe it. Even by the sleazy and corrupt standards of Washington that did not seem possible. In fact, it sounded like a joke."
Lamenting Luntz's ties with corporations like Google, Carlson said in the segment:
"So actually the top Republican in the House does live with somebody who lobbies for Google. Not only are they friends, they're roommates. So now you know why they listen to Frank Luntz, but they don't listen to you."
In a segment on Fox and Friends the following day, McCarthy dismissed Carlson's claims saying:
"Frank's not a lobbyist, Frank's a friend I knew for 15 years before he ever got in and I just rented a room for a few months there so I don't see that there's any problem along that line."
People were confused by the segment.
would love to know the back story on why Carlson trying to destroy life of GOP pollster https://t.co/2NVVRYdTg6— Eric Boehlert (@Eric Boehlert) 1620134881.0
This is an unexpected segment tonight https://t.co/yODb5JZl4i— Scott Wong (@Scott Wong) 1620097646.0
What https://t.co/G5NC2vwo4O— Tracy Oliver (@Tracy Oliver) 1620091957.0
I'm confused.* Frank Luntz has literally been the voice of the GOP for the past 30 years. (I'm not actually confu… https://t.co/MpdcY0d7mt— Dr. Patrick De Oliveira (@Dr. Patrick De Oliveira) 1620147287.0
How many people would consider their landlord a roommate? https://t.co/dZkW0VS9Ob— super elastic bubble plastic (@super elastic bubble plastic) 1620100140.0
In my opinion, Luntz definitely deserves to be called out for his years of less-than-honest PR/messaging strategies… https://t.co/dovvMqVXk5— Faculty Lounge Weed Dealer (@Faculty Lounge Weed Dealer) 1620137078.0
Fox News lawyers once argued in a case against Carlson that his show wasn't intended to be taken seriously by viewers, especially given his nightly rundown of conspiracy theories and right-wing outrage.
So people were surprised to see he actually reported something and even confirmed the arrangement with McCarthy's team.
This is actually some good reporting. It's quite odd that @GOPLeader lives with Frank Luntz, and McCarthy's flak tr… https://t.co/deJGBD3W0d— Tommy Vietor (@Tommy Vietor) 1620134332.0
good reporting from this total maniac, but he doesn’t show that they live together. he also puts a dot on the apart… https://t.co/RXea2dmlP8— Roger Sollenberger is one dose from immortality (@Roger Sollenberger is one dose from immortality) 1620137084.0
It's not uncommon for lawmakers to have roommates in Washington, D.C., since their time is divided between their districts and the nation's capital. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY), along with Congressman George Miller (D-CA), shared an apartment in D.C. for years, as one famous example.
It's unclear if Luntz's and McCarthy's arrangement will continue in light of Carlson's reporting.