Tucker Carlson is stirring up controversy yet again, this time for raging against schools that want to require masks upon reopening.
Carlson joined a growing number of conservatives demanding that schools reopen in the fall, and claiming Democrats worried it won’t be safe yet due to coronavirus are purposely depriving children of an education.
“There is only one way for educators to keep their students safe right now and that is to teach them, in person, by reopening schools,” Carlson said, despite the fact that the best way to limit the spread of COVID-19 is to limit people’s interactions with various groups of people, particularly indoors.
He also railed against the precautions some schools have tossed around in an aim to keep children, educators, school staff, and everyone’s families safe, specifically taking aim at masks and social distancing.
“Many schools that do plan to reopen will do so under a series of restrictions that have no basis of any kind in science,” Carlson falsely claimed. “It’s kind of a bizarre health theater. Students will be kept six feet apart, everyone will have to wear a mask, class size will be limited, in some schools there will be scheduled bathroom breaks.”
Carlson’s rant would be ridiculous in and of itself, but people are taking particular issue with it due to the blatant hypocrisy.
Back in March, the Fox News host actually went on an entirely different rant in support of wearing masks.
“Of course masks work,” he said at the time. “Everyone knows that. Dozens of research papers have proved it. In South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, the rest of Asia — where coronavirus has been kept under control — masks were key.”
Many are attributing the 180 to the likelihood that Carlson is just saying whatever he thinks will appeal to his viewers, and whatever he needs in order to blast Democrats.
Others are highlighting the dangers to the nation’s children.
And look, nobody thinks sending kids back to school with intense restrictions is an ideal scenario.
Carlson is right about that, and exactly that. But if schools have no choice but to reopen in the middle of a pandemic that is far from under control, taking steps proven by science to reduce COVID-19 transmission is not only acceptable, but necessary for everyone’s safety.