Colleagues Defend Tucker Carlson’s ‘Ideas’—That Iraqis Are ‘Monkeys,’ Child Rape Is ‘Commitment to Love’

Colleagues Defend Tucker Carlson’s ‘Ideas’—That Iraqis Are ‘Monkeys,’ Child Rape Is ‘Commitment to Love’

As for his statements on child rape, they’re only “controversial” if one imagines a substantial block of folks that share his view that Warren Jeffs should be free. The former head of the breakaway Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Jeffs is serving a life sentence for assault and accomplice to rape for, for example, “arranging” a “marriage” between a 14-year-old girl and her 19-year-old cousin. Jeffs himself had a “wife” who was 12 years old, but that’s not really rape, Carlson explained: “The rapist, in this case, has made a lifelong commitment to love and take care of the person, so it is a little different.”  Jeffs, Carlson maintains, was only persecuted for being “unpopular,” with a “different lifestyle.”

Carlson says he won’t apologize for being “caught saying something naughty…more than a decade ago.” Media Matters is clear that the tapes are relevant to the views of a host who just a couple months ago was saying immigrants make the US “poorer and dirtier and more divided.” Says the group’s president Angelo Carusone, “We were actually helping people better understand just how vile your current Fox News show is by showing what that worldview really looks like.”

via Common Dreams Colleagues Defend Tucker Carlson’s ‘Ideas’—That Iraqis Are ‘Monkeys,’ Child Rape Is ‘Commitment to Love’