Turning the tables on “angry Biden voters who snort at you in judgment” if you’re not wearing a mask, Fox New host Tucker Carlson on Monday night urged viewers to call child protective services and report the parents of children wearing masks outdoors.
“As for forcing children to wear masks outside, that should be illegal,” Carlson said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” “Your response when you see children wearing masks as they play should be no different from your response to seeing someone beat a kid in Walmart. Call the police immediately, contact child protective services. Keep calling until someone arrives.”
Carlson also said that requiring children to wear masks while outdoors constitutes child abuse and that all Americans “are morally obligated to attempt to prevent it.”
The Fox News host argued it’s been known since nearly the beginning of the pandemic that children are not at meaningful risk from COVID-19. Further, last spring, researchers in China traced 318 separate coronavirus outbreaks and found that only one could plausibly be connected to a person who was outside. Last November, a review published by the Journal of Infectious Diseases of all existing peer-reviewed research on the subject found that the odds of contracting the virus outdoors were about 19 times lower than the risk of contracting it inside. In April, researchers in Japan came to the same conclusion. And last week, the New York Times reported scientists have discovered “few if any documented cases of brief outdoor interactions leading to COVID transmission.”
On Sunday, White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci confirmed that conclusion.
He told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos “it’s pretty common sense now that outdoor risk is really, really quite low, particularly — I mean, if you are a vaccinated person, wearing a mask outdoors, I mean, obviously, the risk is minuscule.”
On Tuesday at the White House, President Biden discussed new guidance announced by the Centers for Disease Control stating that fully vaccinated individuals no longer need masks while outdoors, except in crowded settings.
Biden said the CDC changed its guidance because the “odds of getting or giving the virus are very low out in open air.”
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Failure to resist
Carlson noted that San Francisco authorities required citizens to wear masks while running outside, and Boston’s mayor extended the requirement to all outdoor activities.
“In a functioning democracy, like we had just a few years ago, demands like these would be impossible to make. A politician might prefer that you wear a mask outdoors, but he couldn’t make you do it,” Carlson said.
The onus would be on the authorities to make the case, based on the science, not on the citizen to obey the command.
“But over the course of the coronavirus pandemic, the opposite happened, it was inverted,” said Carlson. “And it happened because large groups of people failed to resist it. It kept happening, becoming more unreasonable and disconnected from science day by day.”
The state of Michigan now requires children as young as 2 to wear masks while in “public spaces and places like camps or daycare centers.”
“There’s no scientific justification for any of it. Children are not at meaningful risk from COVID. They never have been.,” Carlson said. “Adults who’ve been vaccinated or naturally infected — and that’s a huge percentage of the American population — aren’t either. If you’ve got high levels of antibodies in your system, you’re almost certainly safe. Those who don’t have antibodies can get the shot.”
Carlson said the “idea that people are being told, being forced, to wear masks outside should shock us.”
He point to a school board meeting recently in Colorado Springs in which an elementary school teacher, Stacy Adair, showed a photograph of what a kindergartner’s face looks like just an hour into the school day. The mask the child was wearing was covered in dirt around the mouth and nose. But the school board ignored her and doubled down on its mask mandate.
A physician who testified at the school board meeting, Dr. Mary Harrow, said “the data [are] overwhelming,” masks “cause low oxygen and high carbon dioxide levels, shortness of breath, toxicity, inflammation, increased stress hormones and sugar in the body, and create fear, anxiety, headaches, compromised cognitive performance and other problems.”
In a video that went viral, a mother in Gwinnett County, Georgia, made an emotional plea to her school board to stop making young children wear masks, arguing the evidence shows that are at extremely low risk of contracting or transmitting COVID-19.
See Courtney Ann Taylor’s plea:
Snorting in return
Carlson referred to the scolds that are seen on the streets of any major city.
“Dare to go on foot from Union Station to the Capitol, for example, in Washington without a mask,” he said “and angry Biden voters will snort at you in judgment. ‘How could you?’ they’re saying from behind the gauze. ‘How could you?’
“That’s what we should be asking in return. The rest of us should be snorting at them first. They’re the aggressors. It’s our job to brush them back and restore the society we were born in,” Carlson said.
“The next time you see someone in a mask on the sidewalk or the bike path, don’t hesitate. Ask politely but firmly: ‘would you please take off your mask? Science shows there is no reason to wear it. Your mask is making me uncomfortable,'” he said.
Everyone should keep doing that, he said, until wearing a mask outdoors “is roughly as socially accepted as lighting a Marlboro in an elevator.”
“It’s repulsive. Don’t do it around other people. That’s the message we should send because it’s true.”
That was the point in his monologue in which he said that forcing children to wear masks outside should be illegal.
“Your response when you see children wearing masks as they play should be no different than your response to seeing someone beat a child in Walmart: call the police immediately. Contact child protective services. Keep calling until someone arrives. What you’re seeing is abuse. It’s child abuse, and you’re morally obligated to try to prevent it.”
Carlson’s monologue drew rebuke from cable news rivals, including a CNN host who charged he was calling for harrassment and another who wondered if the Fox host “actually wants his viewers to live.”
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