Watch Fox News host Tucker Carlson call one of his guests a ‘tiny brain…moron’ during an interview. NowThis has obtained the full segment with historian Rutger Bregman that Fox News is refusing to air. pic.twitter.com/kERYPUaGLY
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Well, that certainly did not go Tucker’s way now did it?
I would love to have seen the video of this exchange as I imagine Carlson’s smug face slowly morphing into a mask of rage.
Here is a written version of the exchange courtesy of TPM:
Bregman initially made global headlines from the World Economic Forum in Davos for advocating for higher tax rates on the rich and beefed-up efforts against tax avoidance among the wealthy. Carlson opened the interview by praising the historian’s remarks at the conference, calling them “maybe the great moment in Davos history.”
Within a few minutes, though, Bregman pivoted to Fox News’ own pundits’ seemingly network-wide opposition to higher tax rates on the rich.
“Most of the people in Davos, but also here on this channel, have been bought by the billionaire class, you’re not meant to say these things,” he said, adding later: “What the Murdochs basically want you to do is to scapegoat immigrants instead of talking about tax avoidance, so I’m glad you’re now finally raising the issue, but that’s what’s been happening for the past couple years.
Carlson asked, sarcastically, “And I’m taking orders from the Murdochs?”
Bregman replied that it “doesn’t work that directly,” but pointed out that Carlson was a senior fellow at the Koch-funded Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank.
“You’ve been taking their dirty money,” Bregman said, describing Carlson as “a millionaire funded by billionaires.”
“I’m glad you finally jumped the bandwagon of people like Bernie Sanders and AOC, but you’re not part of the solution, Mr. Carlson, you’re part of the problem,” he continued. “All the anchors on Fox [News], they’re all millionaires. How is this possible? Well, it’s very easy. You’re just not talking about certain things.”
Carlson protested, telling Bregman, “I am talking about these issues” to which Bregman replied that Carlson was “not very convincing, to be honest.”
At that point, Carlson had clearly had enough.
“I want to say to you, why don’t you go fuck yourself, you tiny-brained— and I hope this gets picked up, because you’re a moron. I tried to give you a hearing but you were too fucking annoying.”
Bregman admitted that he was the one who gave “Now This” the audio, for which he has our undying gratitude.