At the recent CPAC in Florida (Desantis territory) it was obvious that the GOP is still the party of Trump. I mean they rolled out a “golden calf” in his image for the event! Not sure what Cruz will make of that when he come back down from the mountain top. Maybe he will smash it and try to rebrand himself as the savior of Republicanism while wearing a MAGA hat under his own, with just enough red showing to give a “nod and a wink” to the more extreme elements (if they are not mainstream by then). I think they would trust Cruz. Once Desantis and Cruz go a few rounds Haley will pop up to calm things down and reassure the “moderates” that she is a safe pair of hands. Then Kristi Noem will nominate Haley as her running mate. Donnie might like that.
Although Carlson makes a lot of ridiculous claims in a short period in this clip, it is his comments about children that are most disturbing. After complaining that mask mandates imposed by the state are equivalent to living in North Korea, Carlson executes two athletic rhetorical maneuvers. First, he goes from describing mask wearing as excessive to describing it as abusive, and second, he elides the difference between a government mandate and a personal choice.
“As for forcing children to wear masks outside, that should be illegal,” Carlson sputters. “Your response when you see children wearing masks as they play should be no different from seeing someone beating a kid at Walmart: Call the police immediately; contact child protective services. Keep calling until someone arrives. What you’re looking at is abuse. It’s child abuse, and you’re morally obligated to attempt to prevent it.”
I’ll try not to settle too much on Tucker Carlson as a barometer of who to watch until the mid-term and 2023 elections, but hey, imo, he represents to a significant degree the most dangerous Americans. In this case, fallout and tribalism wrt humanity’s covid saga, including whacko conspiracism will last a long time.
BTW, I don’t normally watch Fox or MSNBC, and I’m not familiar yet with deadline.com’s content. It’s just that these outlets in themselves, or at least Fox and MSNBC, are highly significant wrt American “discourse”. Deadline‘s bias rating isn’t even listed in the full, 800+ news media orgs list at AllSides.com/