CNN host Chris Cuomo ended his primetime program on Monday night by tearing into Tucker Carlson, who has been engulfed in yet another potentially career-ending controversy this week as clips continue to emerge of him saying things on the radio that are even more misogynistic and offensive than he regularly does on his Fox News show.
After reading some of Carlson’s most hateful comments aloud—along with a few from his Fox colleague Jeanine Pirro—Cuomo told his viewers, “You know what they’re doing. This B.S. is currency for them.”
Acknowledging that some of Tucker’s most vile commentary was made several years ago, Cuomo added, “Here’s the test. Would he say the same things today? No, no, he’s too busy playing the victim. He’d only say that he was naughty, but he wouldn’t repeat them tonight. Why not? Come on, big man. Read the list of all the things that you said and do it again and show that you mean it.”
On his show Monday night, Carlson attacked the “Twitter mob” and said that it’s “pointless to try to explain how the words were spoken in jest, or taken out of context, or in any case bear no resemblance to what you actually think, or would want for the country.” Refusing to apologize, he added, “We will never bow to the mob. Ever. No matter what.”
“Come on. You’re not more about the money now than you are about the truth, are you?” Cuomo asked. “He says apologizing to the mob costs people their jobs. What a coward. Why don’t you repeat what you said if it’s not such a big deal?”
“If you mean it, own it,” he said.