Last week, the Wall St. Journal published an op-ed where Jill Biden was criticized for referring to herself as Dr. Biden. The hacky and misogynistic column was slammed by most in the media. Jill Biden herself reacted to the piece by criticizing the tone of it.
Fox News, though, did not let the controversy disappear. Tucker Carlson doubled down on the idiocy by claiming that the future first lady is “borderline illiterate.” Chris Wallace referenced the “controversy” on Sunday, saying he didn’t understand the fuss.
The Fox host made the comments during an interview with Biden adviser Jen Psaki. He asked his guest, “There has been some criticism recently from conservatives, including some conservatives on Fox News about the fact that First Lady-to-be Jill Biden goes by the title doctor. I wonder what is the Biden’s reaction to that, especially given the fact that so many people over the years — I think of Dr. Henry Kissinger, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King — have gone by the title doctor, even though they’re not medical doctors and nobody have seems to have made a fuss about that.”
“It’s perplexing,” Psaki responded. “The way they can contribute to society that day is to question whether or not Dr. Jill Biden — someone who is still teaching, who has a Ph.D in education — should be called doctor or not. Of course, she should. As anyone who works through that challenging process of getting a Ph.D. It’s a really silly, sexist and absurd conversation that’s happening a bit in society.”
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