General Assignment Reporter, HuffPost
Tucker Carlson suggested Tuesday that social services for the homeless encourage homelessness and destroy nuclear families. But that wasn’t the worst of his rant. (Watch the video below.)
The Fox News host told policy makers to simply banish the homeless.
“You are a drug addict,” he said. “Get a job or leave.”
“Pull up your pants and get the hell out of here. Go somewhere with lower standards,” Carlson said. “Head for a place where politicians don’t care about their people, because we do care and that’s why we’re hauling your tent to a landfill and cutting off your checks today.”
Carlson took aim at cities for funding homeless outreach, including overdose prevention centers in New York. “Which in fact means helping the homeless get high,” he snapped.
Critics on Twitter (see the tweets below) ripped Carlson’s cold-blooded commentary. One called his attack on the homeless “so extreme and dangerous.” Another wrote that his “war on the homeless” was one of the “ugliest crusades I’ve seen on TV.” Others chided Carlson for overlooking that 40% of the men on the street are veterans.
Additional data collected by PolicyAdvice might remind Carlson that these people are human beings: 20% are kids ― 42% of whom identify as LGBTQ — and 39.8% are Black. About 25% have mental health issues. In one of the most telling stats, homeless people have an average life expectancy of 50 years.
Tucker Carlson is against homeless people having housing,” one Twitter user wrote.
Tucker Carlson’s attacks on homeless people have gotten so extreme and dangerous. Calls them “enemies of society”, “enemies of civilization”, portrayed as murderous. Thinly veiled racism. Advocates, service providers, critics of criminalization also attacked
Except for that pesky data that 3/4 of the homeless population are not drug users and a big chunk of homeless Americans are veterans. But Tucker Carlson doesn’t care about facts.
Tucker Carlson is against homeless people having housing.
Tucker Carlson is ranting and raving against the homeless people who are on the streets, but he didn’t give any real solutions to help the problem, well his solution is to lock them up and put them in jail basically for being homeless.
Watching Tucker Carlson just basically attack homeless people and ranting about the homeless problem in blue states without actually coming up with real solutions and talking about any real solutions to fix the problem is just plain sad SMH.
Tucker Carlson’s war on homeless people is one of the ugliest crusades I’ve seen on tv
He’s done it, guys. Tucker Carlson has solved homelessness. The solution is to simply tell them to not be homeless 😊
Tucker Carlson needs to remember that a big percentage of homeless people have mental issues & should be institutionalized but Ronald Reagan cut funding on that & we’ve never fixed it.
H/T Media Matters
General Assignment Reporter, HuffPost
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