Tucker Carlson has found himself in hot water from past comments found by Media Matters. One incident on the "Bubba the Love Sponge Show" involved Carlson saying that teenager Caitlin Upton was "appealing" and stating that she would "probably be a pretty good wife".
Carlson then went on to speculate whether the pageant's host, Mario Lopez, who was in his 30s at the time, inappropriately flirted with or had sexual relations with Upton.
"He gets a pass. The normal laws for that kind of thing don't apply to him," Carlson said. “She’s like, she’s vulnerable, she’s like a wounded gazelle separated from the herd.”
Caitlin Upton has spoken publicly since the contest about how the these comments impacted her mental health. She told the New York Magazine in 2015 that she considered suicide in the wake of the pageant, according to the Washington Post.
Carlson also called Iraq a “crappy place filled with a bunch of, you know, semi-literate primitive monkeys”
Here is Carlson's Response on Twitter:
The linked image reads, "Media Matters caught me saying something naughty on a radio show more than a decade ago. Rather than express the usual ritual contrition, how about this: I am on television every weeknight live for an hour. If you want to know what I think, you can watch. Anyone who disagrees with my views is welcome to come on any explain why."
The issue with this is that this is not one off clip from 10 years ago, this is a collection of comments in the past, and more recent that really do show your character, and that is why people our outraged. Carlson also has the audacity not to apologize. He could have said that the comments were wrong, and that he no longer believes this, but instead, he stands by his comments that almost made a teen kill themselves.