Ever since Matt Gaetz went on his show and tried to implicate him in the underage sex scandal that Gaetz is under federal investigation for, Tucker Carlson has ramped up his conspiratorial and extremist rhetoric dramatically. Maybe he’s cracking under pressure. Maybe he’s trying to drive his ratings so high that Fox News will hesitate to fire him even if he ends up in legal trouble in the Gaetz case. It’s not yet clear.
But one thing is clear: if Carlson is indeed worried about facing legal jeopardy, he isn’t helping himself at this point. Last night he went on the air and told his audience to buy fake vaccination cards. Buying or using such a card is a serious crime. And if prosecutors or a jury were to conclude that Carlson’s words had sufficient intent behind them, he could be guilty of criminal conspiracy himself.
To be clear, while the media loves to make big headlines every time an individual gets caught trying to buy, sell, or use a fake vaccination card, there is no real evidence to suggest that this is anything more than isolated behavior. This is not something for you to panic over. But it is worth asking why Tucker Carlson is going to such extreme lengths on his show. He’s either extremely unwell, or strategically pretending to be.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report