Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s hard-hitting, unapologetically controversial opening monologues are legendary, so when he says he “lost control” and apologizes after delivering one, you know he must have downright exploded.
And that’s precisely what he did on Friday, after tearing to shreds an American fashion designer who lived in China for 16 years and in a New York Times opinion piece praised the Chinese Communist Party for “co-parenting” her kids.
(Video: Fox News)
Heather Kaye penned the op-ed, titled “China Helped Raise My American Kids, and They Turned Out Fine,” in which she argues that exposing her two daughters — both born in Shanghai — to “Communist Party propaganda and potential social isolation” was a good thing.
“She misses the communist party of China co-parenting her children,” Carlson told viewers.
“She thinks the Chinese commissars did a better job as a mother than she could have,” he said. “She misses their firm hand and we’re quoting — not making this up, this was in The New York Times today: ‘Our stringent government co-parent quickly made its presence felt,’ the woman writes. ‘The girls’ Chinese kindergarten lectured us on everything, including how many hours our daughters should sleep, what they should eat, and their optimal weight.'”
“The Communist Party fat-shamed this lady’s kids,” Carlson fumed.
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In her article, Kaye, whom Carlson did not name, goes on to say: “Each morning all of the students performed calisthenics in straight rows and raised China’s red flag while singing the national anthem. Classroom windows were usually kept open to increase air circulation and prevent contamination by airborne illnesses, even during winter, when the kids would attend class wearing their coats.”
“‘We sometimes felt as if our children were on loan to us for evenings and weekends to be delivered back to school each weekday,'” Carlson quoted Kaye as writing. “Now, again, she’s not writing a new version of ‘Darkness at Noon.’ She’s complimenting the government of China. The piece ends by noting, ‘tight control of the Communist Party’s surveillance state results in its own kind of freedom.'”
Well, it almost ends that way.
With crime and personal safety concerns virtually eliminated, our daughters were riding the subway unsupervised in a city of around 26 million people from the age of 11. A constant but benign (and mostly unarmed) police presence kept order; streets and the green spaces around every corner were kept immaculate, and the sense of civic pride was palpable.
She then goes on to say, “I find myself missing my Chinese co-parent”:
In some ways, the culture shock coming home feels stronger than when we first arrived in China. We’ve returned to a divided America where many feel government has no place in our lives. For the first time, I’m a parent in America of two daughters navigating their middle and high school years. Resilient, open-minded and independent, they are thriving here, but it’s been an adjustment. They had their first live-shooter drill at school recently, and we’ve adjusted our senses to be on alert in a way we never needed to in Shanghai. In these times, I find myself missing my Chinese co-parent.
She actually ends the piece by asking the “imperfect” American government to step in and raise her kids:
As an American parent in China, I learned to appreciate the strong sense of shared values and of people connected as a nation. Parenting, like governing, is an imperfect art. Priorities must be set, and tough choices made. There’s never been a more crucial time for us to learn from one another and build new bridges across the street, nation and world. Attention to the common good is a fundamental value I seek in an American government co-parent.
“That is un-American,” Carlson stated.
“That person is sick and if you don’t recognize how sick that person is, if you long for a fascist government to call your little girls fat, you’re a sick person, OK?” he continued. “The fact that The New York Times would run that and expect all of its readers to applaud? ‘Oh, if only the government would tell my kids they’re fat, this would be a better country.’ You’ve got to fight for freedom no matter what.”
He then welcomed to the show Ned Ryun, CEO of American Majority, a non-profit that “provides training to conservative activists and political candidates in the United States.”
“I lost control and I want to apologize for that, but it’s true,” Carlson told Ryun after introducing him. “I mean, for the New York Times to run a piece from some totally, you know, I don’t want to keep attacking her, but some mom who wants the Communist Party to tell her children they’re too fat — her little girls, to fat shame her little girls — and she gets off on it?”
“And New York Times readers applaud this like that’s normal,” he continued. “That is not normal. That is not American. That’s demented.”
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