Tucker Carlson’s latest stunt on his Fox News show involved belittling the incoming first lady, Jill Biden, over her use of the title “doctor” after earning a doctorate in education.
The Fox News host dedicated a segment to Biden’s dissertation from the mid-2000s, calling her “borderline illiterate.”
“Dr. Jill needs reading glasses,” he said. “Either that, or she’s borderline illiterate. There are typos everywhere, including in the first graph of the introduction. Dr. Jill can’t write, she can’t really think clearly, either.”
Carlson, who went to Trinity College in Connecticut, took a swipe at the pedigree of Biden’s Ed.D. as merely “an education degree from some school in Delaware.”
The Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Wednesday night once again dedicated part of his show to a conversation sparked by a polarizing Wall Street Journal op-ed article about whether the incoming first lady, Jill Biden, should use the title “doctor” after earning a doctorate in education. This was the third night in a row in which Carlson covered the topic.
Much of the backlash to the Journal op-ed came down to its condescending and infantilizing tone, with the piece’s author, Joseph Epstein, referring to the future first lady as “kiddo” in the first line.
Carlson doubled down on the tone and line of attack during his show Wednesday night.
He began the segment with a bizarre hypothetical scene, imagining a viewer at home requiring medical treatment only to be left to die because Biden ended up being in the emergency room.
“For the first time in your life, you have no fear of death,” Carlson said. “In fact, you welcome its sweet release. You don’t just walk toward the light – you run.”
Carlson, who went to the pricey Trinity College in Connecticut, also lamented Biden for attending a state school; she earned her doctorate from the University of Delaware.
“Dr. Jill has an education degree from some school in Delaware,” he said, “and you’re supposed to find that highly impressive.”
Carlson boasted that his program would take the degree debate “seriously, because that’s our job.”
This ultimately involved Carlson mocking the dissertation Biden wrote when she was getting her final degree in her 50s.
“Dr. Jill needs reading glasses,” he said. “Either that, or she’s borderline illiterate. There are typos everywhere, including in the first graph of the introduction. Dr. Jill can’t write – she can’t really think clearly, either.”
As Carlson kept piling on, he made a point to hedge against any blowback over whether his attacks were gendered.
“In fact, we’re going to go full feminist here and admit that Dr. Jill is a lot smarter than the man she married,” Carlson said of President-elect Joe Biden.
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