Tucker Carlson reacted to the nation’s first openly transgender four-star officer with a transphobic take on Thursday night and suggested that the Biden administration “has gone crazy.”
On Tuesday, Dr. Rachel Levine, the U.S. assistant secretary for health, was sworn in as an admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, which oversees the response to public health crises. Levine is the agency’s first woman four-star admiral.
Carlson employed his usual overly dramatic bent to cast a transphobic shadow over Dr. Levine’s historic appointment as if he were telling a scary campfire tale. “Behind the heavily guarded walls of the White House, everyone has gone crazy,” said Carlson. “Just this week the Biden administration declared that a biological man who wears a dress is now a female admiral. And then they sent that brave four-star female admiral out to deliver a speech that read like something out of a D-Day documentary.”
@TuckerCarlson Hey dipsh*t! Re your snotty remarks about Admiral Rachel Levine, please tell us all about your military service to this country. Oh, right. You suffer the Donald Trump syndrome — insult people who've sacrificed themselves for this country in a way you never would.
— Yoni (@YoniMarten) October 22, 2021
The Fox News host didn’t even bother to hide his disgust while viewing a video of Dr. Levine. “Come on,” he mocked. “They’re daring you to sit there and not say this is ridiculous. But it is, sorry. It is ridiculous. Sorry, not playing along! But they don’t think it is. And so you have to ask yourself, how long will it be before Joe Biden appoints his horse to the Supreme Court? And when he inevitably does do that, you have to ask, how long will it be until CNN informs us, ‘This is a watershed moment for equine rights. Don’t you dare laugh. That would be a hate crime.’”
Tucker Carlson pays tribute to Rachel Levine's 'promotion' to 'four-star admiral.'
"Come on. They're daring you to sit there and not say this is ridiculous. Sorry, it is ridiculous. Sorry, not playing along!" 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 pic.twitter.com/vgCC8xtmRo
— Scott Morefield (@SKMorefield) October 22, 2021
But Carlson’s hate speech isn’t limited to the transgender community. Earlier this month, he claimed that openly gay Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg had taken paternity leave to “figure out how to breastfeed.”
Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg uses Tucker Carlson's homophobic paternity leave slight about him to call for paid family leave:
"We're pretty much the only country left that doesn't have some kind of national policy for paid leave." pic.twitter.com/4rwa3hJA42
— The Recount (@therecount) October 17, 2021
Carlson has targeted other high-profile government officials as well. After a show where he recently tore into Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), his fans were moved to call Swalwell’s office to leave disturbing voicemails.
Listen to this. It’s the Tucker Carlson effect. Tucker attacks me. His fans respond with threats to kill my family. And Tucker knows exactly what he’s doing. pic.twitter.com/PsSLYbctXa
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) October 22, 2021