One thing that is a standard feature of Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight is host Tucker Carlson bringing on liberal and progressive guests to browbeat and verbally flog over the right’s outrage of the day. Generally, these interviews feature Tucker frustrating the beleaguered interviewee for a few minutes before mocking the guest’s intelligence until he ends the segment by either cutting off the person’s mic or laughing in their face.
During a Tuesday night hit, Tucker welcomed on Democratic strategist David Burstein to ostensibly discuss Senator Ted Cruz and his wife being forced from a ritzy restaurant by left-wing protesters who shouted “We Believe Survivors” while demanding he explain his position of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. By the end of the segment, Carlson was telling his guest — who was patched in via live remote — that he wished he was in-studio while mockingly calling him a “tough guy.”
With Burstein making the case that public officials and figures should expect to be heckled and harassed over unpopular opinions and stances, Carlson turned it around by bringing up Burstein’s parents and someone showing up at their house to bother them. The Run for America founder noted that his parents aren’t in public service, leading Carlson to say “they gave birth to you.”
This caused the two to go back and forth over the difference between public servants being harassed by demonstrators and private citizens subjected to that.
“You know the point you’re making right now is dishonest,” Burstein asserted. “There is a big difference between private and public servants who have run for election and put themselves out there. There are a lot of ways to serve this country. As Ted Cruz wanted to serve this country as a private citizen, there are lots of ways to do that.”
Tucker noted that there was “no meaningful distinction” before calling Burstein “dishonest and cowardly” since he’s “the one trying to operate a website for public support so you can make money.” The Fox News host then insisted that “all of us are engaged in the public debate.”
Burstein responded by pointing out that he doesn’t “think we should encourage people to go harass people.” He then added that Cruz should stop playing the victim card and “toughen up” a little bit, causing an apoplectic Carlson to blow up.
“I ask the question on here, pal,” Tucker snarled. “Is his wife — STOP! Should his wife toughen up?”
As Burstein finished his thought and said someone spending that kind of money at a restaurant can face a “little discomfort,” Tucker Swanson McNear Carlson snapped back:
“Really, Mr. Tough Guy? I wish you were here. Because I’d ask you this question — is his wife tough enough?”
The two would snipe at each other via video a bit more before Tucker ended the interview by laughing Burstein off for going to New York University.
Just another night of Tucker, y’all.
Watch the clip above, via Fox News.