Tucker Carlson had yet another pro-death stunt up his sleeve Thursday night as he promoted the plans of restaurant and brewery owner Rick Savage to illegally defy stay-at-home orders of Maine’s Democratic Governor Janet Mills - while Carlson broadcast from the safety of his remote studio.
Once again, Carlson said nothing about risking his own fanny by going out and about in Maine or somewhere with fewer restrictions, like Florida, even though Carlson broadcasts from a home in Florida. He also owns land in Maine.
But clearly, he is very eager for others to risk their lives and jail time
Maine is a fave Tucker target. So, after again complaining that the state’s small coronavirus outbreak does not merit stay-at-home orders (and yet again ignoring how disproportionately vulnerable a rural state like Maine is), Carlson brought on Savage to do the dirty work for him.
Ironically, Savage accused Mills of having gone “rogue.” Carlson said nothing, of course. So Savage, who didn’t mention any credentials in public health, medicine or infectious disease, continued posing as an expert on pandemic management without challenge:
SAVAGE: We’ve had enough of it. We’re encouraging all businesses in Maine to open up. We should have never been shut down in the first place. We need to open back up, get this summer tourist business going or we’re going to lose a third of our restaurants. Who knows how many motels and other businesses. So we’re advocating for everybody, not just for my restaurant, it’s time to go back to work.
Saying he runs a clean restaurant, Savage challenged the state to come inspect it “and if you don’t like it, take me to court.” Carlson nodded.
“And then if they do take me to court, I’ll save my tax money that I collect this month and I’ll use that to fund a lawyer,” Savage continued. He went on to baselessly accuse Mills of keeping the state shut down in order to make it more insolvent and get more money from the federal government. He didn’t explain why she (or anyone) would want to do that.
Carlson nodded along in agreement. He piled on by declaring Mills “the most incompetent, dictatorial self-involved governor I have seen in a long time.” As he got ready to close the segment, he said, “Godspeed, Rick Savage. Good luck tomorrow, truly.”
But Savage wasn’t done. After thanking Carlson for hosting him, once more urging other restaurants to join him in his illegal act, he gave out Mills’ cellphone number.
Carlson laughed heartily.
On YouTube, Fox described Savage as a “brave citizen defying” Mills’ orders.
You can watch the full interview below, from the April 30, 2020 Tucker Carlson Tonight. Fox ended its video before Savage gave out Mills' number. But you can see him do that in the second video below, with her number after the area code edited out.
I’ll leave it at that. Another long comment by me will fill your server. Plus, while I’ve been expressing similar sentiments as yours, I’m floundering right now for a long-term way out of this deadly mess. 😉
I totally understand the desire to just go out again. I see a lot of kids and others in our municipal parks violating social distancing either on the playground or basketball court or the parking lot. I can’t bring myself to call the police.
At the same time, I’m at a higher risk, as are other members of my family, and I resent the fact that we’ll all probably have to stay home longer because of the right-wing’s deliberate sabotaging and failure to do almost anything constructive to help.
Forgetting hypothetical whataboutism, I’ve been in a lot of conversations with a friend who was a state director in public health with over 25 years of experience. We’re both in a higher risk category (I’m even higher risk because I’m on immune suppressants in addition to being 60+). We’re basically throwing up our hands in frustration as to what to do.
Our largest disgust has been the completely incompetent Trump epidemiological response. Now that effort is completely blown, what the f—k do we do?
Without effective data America is left with meat cleaver blanket shut it all down policies. Meanwhile several of my favorite restaurants have already announced sadly they have closed their doors for good because of COVID-19. I’m sure everyone here has heard the same.
I’ve been listening to liberal MSNBC this morning (shout out to “AM Joy”) basically saying pass laws to replace the economy – and much, much more since progressives want to fill longstanding social justice needs too – so we can keep these blanket closures going. Yet, because our response is so inadequate, we can’t financially keep this up through rest of the year or more until (cross your fingers) we develop a silver bullet vaccine or cure. Or not since there’s a body of evidence indicating antibodies may not mean blanket immunity or even significant resistance to COVID-19. Forgetting our antibody test is crap with at least a 20% false positive rate. Anecdotal but I just read of an elderly Spanish gentleman who’s been infected with COVID-19 three times.
I’m even growing dubious of social distancing/stay at home which I’ve been advocating. I can’t say it’s totally ineffective in Virginia because there’s no control group. But I can say after practicing it since mid-March our infection curve hasn’t really budged in a positive direction. The one positive blip was a delay in getting the data, not an actually improvement.
And is social distancing/stay at home sustainable? Forgetting act-out MAGA Death Cult stunts like Savage’s here or liberate protests, anecdotally I’m seeing ordinary people I know, excluding the radical act-out MAGAts, start to just blow off guidelines to the extent they can given so many closures. Even moderate CNN is featuring experts now basically throwing in the towel and saying America is stuck with a herd immunization model (without necessarily using that term). Though getting back to my earlier antibody discussion that may be a fatally bad strategy as well.
Personally my friend and I are concerned for our personal health so we’re not going to relax our behavior in the foreseeable future. But we’re blessed with not worrying about unemployment financial problems. I think we’re quickly approaching the point where many will have to make their own decisions realizing they’re making a safety decision for the rest of us since this is a highly contagious disease. Acknowledging there will be many hot spots where government intervention is required.
I can’t see the status quo surviving much past June and that isn’t nearly enough given the Trump administration’s epic failure Dear Leader ego masturbation, happy talk, pro-corporate, fudge the statistics approach.