March 21, 2023

Don Jr. just gave a disgusting defense of Tucker Carlson’s child rape comments

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The intractable bond between Fox News and the Trump family has been well documented, most recently in a scathing expose in The New Yorker last week.

So it is unsurprising that when Fox New’s prime-time star Tucker Carlson — the living embodiment of white privilege in the shape of a racist aging frat boy — was attacked for comments he made defending statutory rape several years ago while appearing on the morning shock jock radio show hosted by Bubba the Love Sponge, Donald Trump Jr. would come clamoring to his defense.

For those who may have missed the news that took the internet by storm yesterday, leading to calls for a boycott of Carlson’s Fox News advertisers and sending the hashtag #FireTuckerCarlson trending on Twitter, here’s a quick summary:

On August 27th, 2009, Carlson gave a full-throated defense of child rapist Warren Jeffs, who he argued was not imprisoned for facilitating child rape (he was) but instead was imprisoned because was “weird and unpopular and has a different lifestyle than other people.”

He went on to defend statutory rape itself, arguing that “the same thing exactly as pulling a child from a bus stop and sexually assaulting that child. … The rapist in this case has made a lifelong commitment to live and take care of the person so it is a little different.”

Carlson’s comments were so outrageous that even the not very easily offended radio shock jock called him “twisted” and “demented.”

While most people had no trouble discerning the Fox News poster boy’s comments as deeply repellant, the president’s son had no trouble joining other right-wing extremists in reflexively coming to Carlson’s defense. His reply to fellow alt-right conspiracy theorist Jack Posobiec’s tweet dismissing the Fox News host’s loathsome remarks was equally reliant on deflecting attention away from the repellent comments with “what-about-isms” aimed at the left.

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The junior Trump’s claim that Carlson is effective at destroying a progressive agenda that is polling far above the socially destructive policies being peddled by his father is laughable considering the limited logic Fox New‘s noted mental midget employs in his nightly propaganda parade.

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Don Jr. doubled down on his defense of the “twisted” and “demented” Carlson by retweeting the unrepentant host’s non-apology for his prior indefensible statements, praising Carlson’s lack of remorse as the proper response to the people he calls an “outrage mob” for their morally-reflexive reaction to the smug commentator’s defense of child rape.

Trump Jr.’s choice to defend Tucker Carlson’s reprehensible views on statutory rape of under-aged girls — along with his presumed perjury in his congressional testimony about the infamous Trump Tower meeting with Russian agents — suggests that another hashtag should start trending on Twitter soon alongside #FireTuckerCarlson and #BoycottTuckerCarlson: #IndictDonaldTrumpJr.

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Vinnie Longobardo

is the Managing Editor of Washington Press and a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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