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Fox News host Tucker Carlson accused the Biden administration of purposefully going after cigarettes and e-cigarettes because he wants American men to have less testosterone in their blood and thus be “more passive and easier to control.”
He posited the claim while speaking on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” about the administration’s weird decision to target nicotine while simultaneously distributing crack pipes and doing nothing about fentanyl flowing across the southern border.
“This country set a record for overdose deaths last year. In response to that, the Biden administration is not reversing its decision to distribute crack pipes to crack addicts, nor are they slowing the flow of fentanyl across the border coming from China through Mexico. No, they have a new drug war,” he said.
“Yesterday the FDA announced it’s planning to remove virtually all nicotine from cigarettes. So nicotine is not the thing that gives you cancer. It’s addictive, but it also increases mental acuity. But they’re taking that out. According to The Wall Street Journal, the agency will also ban Juul e-cigarettes,” he continued.
In sum, the agency is coming after nicotine — with the full backing of Democrats like the ones seen below, FYI — and this, according to Carlson, is no coincidence.
“Now what happens when you get off nicotine? Well, your testosterone levels plummet and you gain weight, both of which the administration is for because you become more passive and easier to control,” he concluded.
This is great news! FDA is working to limit the amount of nicotine in cigarettes to make them less addictive. This will save countless lives and help break the cycle of nicotine addiction and disease. Looking forward to supporting FDA’s efforts to finalize this rule. https://t.co/ZojyNo7FPn
— Rep. Frank Pallone (@FrankPallone) June 21, 2022
Fantastic news. Juul is responsible for hooking a new generation on nicotine. It is beyond time for the FDA to pull such dangerous products off the market as I have called for over the past four years. https://t.co/IqoEwqFQz9
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) June 22, 2022
I applaud @POTUS and @US_FDA for what would be a fantastic stand to defend children’s health and a clear warning to nicotine peddlers.
So proud of the advocates & colleagues by my side who brought us this looming victory. But our work is not done. https://t.co/Ikqdi7jMN8
— Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (@RepDWStweets) June 22, 2022
Carlson’s guest, radio show host Vince Coglianese, seemed to concur with this analysis but added that there’s a racial component as well.
“They started with black Americans actually. They went after menthol first earlier this year. They said no more menthol — we’re taking it away,” he said.
Last month the administration announced new rules to ban the manufacture and sale of menthol cigarettes, a product that is extremely popular among blacks.
Now fast-forward to this week, when the administration announced that it intends to impose a cap on the amount of nicotine that can be packed into a cigarette, as well as ban the most popular disposable e-cigarette in America, Juul.
And again, the administration’s doing all this while passing out crack pipes and allowing the border to be overrun by drug smugglers.
Drug-plagued state sees record overdoses thanks to Fentanyl epidemic https://t.co/VOOl1HNlfn pic.twitter.com/PLuNk6cZWv
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 15, 2022
“So they’re getting rid of all of those things. But at the same time, they’re sending out crack pipes using federal tax dollars. They have opened the borders and of course, stimulated the fentanyl crisis that’s killed over 100,000 Americans last year,” Coglianese noted.
“And the Biden administration would like to decriminalize pot, so they’ve removed the drugs that make you sharper, and they’re importing the drugs that kill you and make you duller,” he added.
Carlson responded by noting that nicotine “is one of the few remaining pleasures for ordinary people, particularly working-class men, and now they’re taking it away.”
“Do you see a connection there?” he then asked.
“The connection is, like, it’s always chaos from them, and it’s always driving us further into anarchical despair. I mean the idea that you would send out crack pipes but deprive people of nicotine, you have to dislike your country to do that,” Coglianese responded.
Indeed, said Carlson: “Yeah, how about no, you can’t take my guns, and you can’t take my nicotine. That’s a hard no on that. Sorry, I don’t care what the FDA says, it’s not going to happen.”
To be fair to the Biden administration, the targeting of nicotine actually began with the Trump administration, as hard as that may be to believe.
COVID Relief Bill Cuts E-Cigarette Access As New Research Shows Vaping Helps Smokers quit https://t.co/B58P1d8cmq
— Phil (@phil_w888) May 6, 2021
The second COVID bill former President Donald Trump signed into law in late 2020 contained a Democrat-written provision that restricted the shipping of e-cigarettes. The strict rule led to numerous e-cig shops, including MyFreedomSmokes, shutting down.
“Due to ongoing compliance requirements and new regulations of the e-cig industry, it has become increasingly difficult for a shop like MFS to function without turning into something completely different. That was never the goal here at MFS, as we always prided ourselves on offering customized products and services at great prices. So, unfortunately, we will be shutting our doors at 11:55 pm on 5/31/2021,” a message posted to MyFreedomSmokes’ website reads.
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