Tucker Carlson has hit back at Chelsea Clinton on Thursday night, after she called on Facebook to ban him from the platform for saying that vaccinated people should return to normal life and not have to wear masks, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Clinton had chimed in on Twitter amid a spat between Carlson and Dr. Anthony Fauci about the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines.
Clinton said that Facebook should remove Carlson for spreading disinformation about COVID, adding: ‘@TuckerCarlson consistently spews racist, bigoted, anti-Semitic hate and misinformation across his platforms. He doesn’t deserve a microphone.’
Carlson on Thursday night, April 15, 2021, responded, mockingly describing Bill and Hillary Clinton’s only child as an ‘internationally renowned humanitarian and intellectual’, and saying she ‘called today for Facebook to shut us down’.
He continued: ‘Dr Chelsea Clinton is mad that we asked super obvious questions that everyone in the country should be asking.’
‘So does the vaccine, and there are a couple of them, but do they work or don’t they work? It is okay, you can tell us.’
Carlson noted that the CEO of Pfizer said earlier on Thursday that people may need a booster shot of his vaccine after a year.
On the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, it states: ‘We’re still learning how vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19. After you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should keep taking precautions—like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces—in public places until we know more.’
The US has recorded 31,495,164 cases and 565,283 deaths from the coronavirus as of late Thursday night
Meanwhile, the US is preparing for the possibility that a booster shot will be needed between nine to 12 months after people are initially vaccinated against COVID-19, a White House official said on Thursday.
It is also tracking infections in people who have been fully vaccinated, Rochelle Walensky, director of the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, told the House subcommittee hearing. Walensky said some of these infections occurred because the vaccinated person did not mount a strong immune response. But the concern is that in some cases, they are occurring in people infected by more contagious virus variants.
Carlson on his show on Wednesday said that he has been asking for months why vaccinated people ‘have to live under the restrictions that the vaccines were supposed to eliminate’ while taking shots at Fauci.
‘We’re wondering if Fauci is telling Americans who have been vaccinated or who have recovered from the coronavirus itself that they aren’t protected from future infections,’ Carlson said on his show.
Fauci had earlier in the day said that Carlson’s questions that the coronavirus vaccines may not be effective because vaccinated people still have to wear masks is a ‘conspiracy theory.’
‘That’s just a typical, crazy conspiracy theory. Why would we not tell people if it doesn’t work? Look at the data. The data are overwhelming,’ Fauci said.
‘In the three vaccines that have been approved for use in an emergency use authorization – the J&J, the Pfizer, and the Moderna – you had 30,000, 44,000 and 40,000 people in a clinical trial with an overwhelming signal of efficacy.’
Fauci added: ‘So I don’t have any idea what he’s talking about.’
Clinton then retweeted a post containing a screenshot of Carlson from his show and noted that Facebook had banned false claims about COVID-19 vaccines in December.
‘In December, @facebook banned claims about #covid19 vaccines ‘that have been debunked by public health experts’,’ she tweeted.
Clinton said that Carlson’s comments were ‘especially troubling given Republican men are currently most likely to say they’re not interested in being vaccinated.’
She later added that: ‘@TuckerCarlson consistently spews racist, bigoted, anti-Semitic hate and misinformation across his platforms. He doesn’t deserve a microphone.’
‘Also, @Facebook needs to live up to its own commitment. It’s not just one user or one false #covid19 post, it’s the mess of misinformation unchecked everyday,’ Clinton tweeted.
‘The most popular story on the J&J vaccine is a post from a known conspiracy theorist. Come on!’