I was never a particularly big fan of Tucker Carlson. Maybe it stems from his never following through with giving me an @keitholbermann.com email address back when he hilariously snaked the domain out from under the personality impaired left wing water carrier. When I heard that he was taking over the timeslot on Fox News previously occupied by On The Record with Greta Van Susteren I expected more of the same old Fox News schtick. So for though I like what he’s doing on the show. Lately he’s been exposing ignorant millennial and student activists who are demanding to be heard while having very little unique or important to say.
Last night he had on Erin Schrode, a barely out of college former Democrat congressional candidate and co-founder of an environmental non-profit. She bears all the hallmarks of being part of the participation trophy and arbitrarily elevated self esteem generation.
Schrode was on to defend a tweet where she compared Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler.
Adolf Hitler was @TIME Magazine's Man of the Year in 1938.
Donald Trump is TIME's Person of the Year in 2016.
— Erin Schrode (@ErinSchrode) December 7, 2016
Tucker took her to task and she was unprepared to answer any question that departed from her prepared talking points. Her non-profit Turning Green describes itself as “a global student-led movement devoted to cultivating a healthy, just and thriving planet through education and advocacy around environmentally sustainable and socially responsible choices. We inform, inspire, and mobilize a global network of students to become visionary catalysts for sustainable change in their lives, school campuses, and local communities.” Unicorns and rainbows.
Naturally one of her beefs with Trump—and a reason why he’s like Hitler— is that his nominee to head the EPA once sued the EPA.
Her whole argument against Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt being head of the EPA is that (along with the AGs from 27 other states) sued the EPA over its regulations of carbon emissions.
The EPA is about protecting the environment, you guys. Anyone disputing its decisions or regulations is by definition a monster who loves big oil and hates clean air and baby bunnies.
Her thought process is straight out of an episode of Captain Planet.
Generally I dislike when people so young are elevated on television as people who speak with authority on…well, anything. It’s not universally true but politically active youngsters—regardless of what side they’re on—are very often just examples of successful indoctrination who think they have arrived at a conclusion on their own. I think Schrode probably falls into this category. What I like about what Tucker Carlson is doing though is that he’s not coddling people like this. He’s asking questions that they can’t answer and exposing how little real thought is behind their activism and outrage.