FILE – In this March 2, 2017, file photo, Tucker Carlson, host of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” poses for photos in a Fox News Channel studio in New York. Carlson says he’s shocked his segments this week on a South African policy on land reform should be considered an appeal to white nationalists – let alone spark an international incident. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
It’s going to get worse before it gets better. That’s the message that Fox News host Tucker Carlson wants to get across.
Carlson spent a moment on his show on Monday night to monologue about the fallout from the Coronavirus. The host, while urging people not to panic, did give us a more realistic look at what kind of situation we’re in when it comes to the Wuhan virus now sweeping the globe, closing down entire countries.
As mentioned by the Daily Caller, Carlson brought up several points, including the contention that the virus is far more serious than our leaders are letting us in on, and pointing to the fact that Italy, a developed western country, has taken extreme measures in order to stop the spread of the virus within their borders:
“The Chinese coronavirus is a major event” that will “affect your life,” Carlson contended before citing current death statistics that show the coronavirus has a higher death rate than the flu. For answers as to where the United States could be in a few weeks, he pointed to Italy, a “modern, developed Western country” that has been brought “to a standstill.”
“If that trend holds here in the United States, it will be just a few weeks until we are where Italy is now,” said Carlson. “In a few months, if nothing stops the virus, there will be millions of cases here.”
“In other words, our country is likely to experience a painful period we are powerless to stop,” he said. “None of this is justification to panic. You shouldn’t panic. In a crisis, it’s more important than ever to be calm. But staying calm is not the same as remaining complacent. It does not mean assuring people that everything will be fine. We don’t know that. Instead, it’s better to tell the truth. That is always the surest sign of strength.”
Tucker Carlson's full coronavirus monologue:
"Staying calm is not the same as remaining complacent. It does not mean assuring people that everything will be fine. We don’t know that. Instead, it’s better to tell the truth. That is always the surest sign of strength.” pic.twitter.com/dI5ftvFljQ
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) March 10, 2020
It’s not too much of a stretch to imagine various parts of our own country following the same path as Italy. In fact, in a way, it’s already happening now. Major events such as the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, have already been canceled due to fears of the spread of the Wuhan virus.
But aside from that, Carlson also noted that this virus problem puts our dependence on China in full view. China practically has the U.S. at its mercy thanks to the fact that we’re so reliant on it for materials that we use here in America every day. As Carlson highlighted, China practically gloated that they have countries like ours at a disadvantage, and demanded that we apologize to the country for our criticism of the creation and handling of the virus.
China even went so far as to threaten us, with its state-run news media issuing a statement.
“If China retaliates against the United States at this time, in addition to announcing a travel ban on the United States, it will also announce strategic control over medical products, and ban exports to the United States,” read the statement.
Carlson took the opportunity to point out how we need to break out dependence on China as highlighted by the Daily Caller:
“We really are that dependent on China for masks and medical equipment and for basic medicines,” said Carlson. “It is shocking to wake up one morning and find ourselves in this supine position, dependent on a country that hates us. The people who made us this dependent on a hostile foreign power deserve to be punished for what they did. That won’t happen, probably, but we can at least try to fix the damage they caused.”