Tucker Carlson, host of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” poses for photos in a Fox News Channel studio, in New York, Thursday, March 2, 2107. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Last night, I was watching Tucker Carlson when he began a segment on the claim surrounding the mass of transgender people dying and how it’s become something of a national epidemic.
Any murder is one murder too many, no matter what group that person belongs to. An innocent life taken is horrible — period. That said, I was glad to see this narrative debunked, primarily because it’s being used to do more than generate sympathy for a group of people trying to craft laws that benefit them at the expense of everyone else.
The myth was first publicly confronted in a big way by journalist Andy Ngo, who pointed out that trans people being murdered wasn’t the epidemic it’s being purported to be by politicians and social justice groups.
He posted the facts to Twitter and, as Twitter does, they instantly suspended Ngo for posting inconvenient truths to the left. What were the facts?
“The U.S. is one of the safest countries for trans people. The murder rate of trans victims is actually lower than that for cis population. Also, who is behind the murders? Mostly black men,” tweeted Ngo.
It didn’t help that the response was to Chelsea Clinton, who was busy virtue signaling during the “Trans Day of Remembrance” meant to bring the trans murder issue to the forefront of public awareness.
Now, it seems Carlson is picking up where Ngo left off by pointing out that Sen. Elizabeth Warren is now the one virtue-signaling as she promised to “read the names of transgender women, of people of color, who have been killed in the past year” and told everything that there is an “epidemic of violence against transgender people – especially trans women of color.”
Carlson stated some hard, non-politically correct facts.
“That means it’s time to see the numbers behind these claims, the ones Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren didn’t mention,” said Carlson.
“According to the Human Rights Campaign, in 2018, a total of 26 transgendered Americans were murdered,” Carlson continued. “That’s 26 too many, of course. Every murder is a tragedy, very much including these. But does 26 constitute an epidemic? Let’s break it down. A few years ago, the Williams Institute estimated that 1.4 million American adults identify as transgender. If that figure is correct, then in 2018, the murder rate for transgendered people was 1.8 per 100,000. While granting that every murder is too many, relatively speaking, that is a very low rate.”
What is a much larger epidemic? The opioid crisis, which kills far more people and far more quickly. If Warren were to read the names off of that list, then she’d be reading for a couple of days vs only 50 seconds if she were reading from the trans murder list.