Some lawmakers have let their power go to their heads during the coronavirus pandemic, Fox News host Tucker Carlson concluded on his show Monday night. To the point where they'd like to see the pandemic prolonged. With several states at least entering Phase One of reopening plans, governors are going to have to start letting people live their lives again.
"It means their own power is dissipating, it's slipping away," Carlson argued. And so they stamp their feet in frustration as they watch it. They pour their venom on to social media and red-faced hits on cable news."
Then he got to the crux of his argument.
"They loved this pandemic," Carlson said. "This tragedy. Every sad minute of it. It made them feel indispensable, omnipotent, like Gods. They desperately don't want it to end."
#Tucker slams politicians "disappointed by" signs of life -> "Seeing Americans live freely the time in months, enrages them. It means their own power is dissipating..[T]hey stamp their feet in frustration....They pour their venom onto social and red-faced hits on cable news." pic.twitter.com/kWWwwmM9n4— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) May 5, 2020
Some politicians, he suggested, are "in effect" saying these things out loud.
A few lawmakers come to mind. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer enforced some of the most draconian quarantine laws in the country when she banned residents from buying gardening supplies. There appeared to be no rhyme or reason to her order, considering folks could still purchase weed. Or there's California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who recently ordered the closure of all beaches in Orange County, despite the state's flattening of the curve. Protesters showed up at the beach anyway and likened Newsom to a tyrant.
Carlson took some potshots at the media too, who he said have traded journalistic curiosity for Chinese cover ups and have suppressed free thinking throughout the pandemic.
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