Tucker Carlson Tonight Opening Monologue July 7th 2020
Tucker talks about the current state of things regarding Schools and reasons why they should be re-opened.
Good evening welcome to Tucker Carlson Tonight, here’s a headline that would have been impossible to imagine a year ago, today the president announced his support for opening the country schools this fall. Seems like a pretty obvious position but suddenly it’s not. Many people violently disagree with it for reasons that still are not clear but definitely are not rational. Here’s part of what the president said today.
We hope that most schools are going to be open, we don’t want people to make political statements who do it for political reasons & think it’s gonna be good for them politically, so they keep the schools closed. No way, so we’re very much going to put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools to get them open and it’s very important it’s very important for our country it’s very important for the well-being of the student and the parents so we’re gonna be putting a lot of pressure on open these schools in the fall
So kids should go to school that’s the new position, now you may have thought this was a debate that we settled conclusively in the 19th century when we banned eight-year-olds from working in factories and sent them to school. Parents are certainly on board with that, they want their kids back in the classroom in September, every poll shows that. Most kids and most teachers probably feel the same way so who is opposed to opening schools. Take a guess, the Teachers Unions. The Teachers Unions position on every question is always the same, they would like less work no accountability and much more pay. At least one chapter of the American Federation of Teachers is planning to go on strike if they have to work this fall, so many administrators and school districts have no choice but to obey their demands. In miami-dade County in Florida that’s one of the country’s biggest school systems the superintendent has warned that his schools may have to stay closed in the fall.
I will not reopen our school system August 24th if the conditions are what they are today. Our reopening plan, contemplates a phase 2 reality, we are still in phase 1 a phase 1 that has degraded since, as over the past few weeks.
Many schools that do plan to reopen, will do so under a series of restrictions that have no basis of any kind in science, it’s a kind of bizarre health theater, students will be kept 6 feet apart everyone will have to wear a mask, class size will be limited, in some schools, there will be scheduled bathroom breaks etc no sports.
In Washington State Education officials are considering letting students go back to school on the basis of their race, non-white kids would get to go back first while white students would be ordered to stay home until the virus subsides.
Now you may have thought that plans like that were eliminated with the Brown versus Board of Education decision 65 years ago, but no it’s all coming back the Teachers Unions tell us this is all about public health. Today a union in Chicago retweeted this self-righteous little fortune cookie: “educators would much rather be with our students in person, but our number one responsibility is to keep our students safe”. That’s a lie there’s only one way for educators to keep their students safe right now and that’s to teach them in person by reopening schools.
Distance learning is not learning this has been studied and we know it when Los Angeles schools check the participation in distance learning they found exactly what you’d expect them to find, on any given day fully a 1/3 of students never logged in at all, 2/3 of teachers reported their students were less likely to complete assignments, once they began so-called distant distance learning, and according to one recent body of research students who’ve been learning online lose far more of their knowledge over the summer break, than they typically do. That’s saying a lot, so no distance learning is not a substitute for actual learning and you know that well if you have kids who’ve been trying it. Parking a student in front of a computer screen is not a substitute for a classroom.
There’s a lot at stake in this debate, more than just the accumulation of knowledge more than just education. Two weeks ago the American Academy of Pediatrics, they’re not educators, their paediatricians strongly recommended reopening schools in the fall why because they know that keeping children in a home isolates them and increases the risk of depression and suicide, it also prevents teachers from noticing and reporting physical and sexual abuse of children, abuse that is almost certainly more frequent for kids who can’t leave home. So for children the risks of staying locked at home are high the risk from the coronavirus, by contrast, are not high the virus is deadly to the very old and to those who were already sick, we know that, but to children and the vast majority of young and middle-aged adults and the vast majority of teachers it poses virtually zero threat.
For children, it is far less deadly than the seasonal flu in fact if lockdowns cause just a 1% increase in teenage suicides which is entirely possible they will constitute a higher death toll than all coronavirus deaths among high schoolers nationwide so far, and in fact, we have good reason to believe lockdowns have boosted suicides far more than 1% the numbers are not in completely, but the numbers we have so far, are horrifying.
Nor are children significant risks to adults they do not generally spread the virus to others a Swiss study found that among infected children viral loads were very low and that made it difficult for them to spread the disease, children are much more likely get the virus from their parents than the other way around.
Other countries realize this because the data are (sic) in and they believe in science, unlike our leaders. In Germany in early May, four major Medical Association’s all called for the immediate reopening of that country schools and daycare centers, they called for reopening them without restrictions no dividing children into small groups, no masks, no social distancing, no scheduled bathroom breaks, no health theater. Adult countries don’t act that way.
In Australia, the country’s deputy chief medical officer a man called Nick Coatsworth published an open letter to the public in May making the very same point “Covid-19 is not the flu, far fewer children are affected by Covid-19 than by the flu and the number of transmissions from children to children, and children to adults is far less than the flu. As an infectious disease expert, I’ve examined all of the available evidence from within Australia and around the world and as it stands that does not support avoiding classroom learning as a means to control Covid-19”.
It couldn’t be more conclusive and doctors around the world agree with it. Sweden never closed primary schools at all it didn’t close daycares either, the Coronavirus outbreak in Sweden, despite what you have heard has been no worse than ours here the numbers show that. Austria, Finland, Norway & Singapore have all reopened their schools and none of those countries has seen an explosion of cases linked to schools. in Denmark, schools have been open since late April, masks have not been required but the number of infected children has not grown, in fact, it has steadily declined none of this is opinion none of it is political all of it is actual science and there’s an overwhelming amount of that science it accumulates daily. Coronavirus is not deadly to children. Sending children to school will not spread coronavirus, keeping children home hurts children and hurts everyone else, Schools must open, it’s that simple nothing affects the life of an ordinary family more than questions of where to go to school and when.
Without schools returning to normal in the fall, millions of American parents will not be able to work even as we descend into a recession, millions will be ordered to work two jobs, their own job and the job that teachers are refusing to do while still getting paid by the rest of us. Yet instead of sympathizing with the plight of suffering American families. The head of the American Federations of Teachers Randi Weingarten rejoices at the prospect according to Weingarten employers must adjust work schedules to accommodate the leisure time of her members.
A lot of employers would then actually follow what the school’s people are doing and will adjust schedules because there shouldn’t be a difference. We should never be pitting parents against teachers or kids needs against parents needs to work and I think that employers would be very open to it.
So what you just saw is lunacy none of this is rational it is hysteria, and of course it’s political, America’s Teachers Unions are some of the most stridently partisan organizations in our country for the biggest backers of the Democratic Party.
This is an election year, they believe more chaos and more displacement will help them win, maybe they’re right, but it’s sick these people will destroy anything for more power and unfortunately this season that means hurting your children.
Alex Berenson – Former New York Times Reporter
Tucker Carlson Speaks to Alex Berenson about the science around Children, Coronavirus and opening schools back up.They talk about the low risk for children of both spreading and dying of the disease, citing studies from around the world on the matter.
Alex Berenson is a novelist of former New York Times reporter and best-selling author who’s been covering the science of Coronavirus since day one and we’re happy to have him on the show. Alex thanks so much for coming and as we touch briefly on the science the data that have accumulated internationally on the question of reopening schools. Can you take us a little bit more deeply into it, what do we know about the risk.
I mean you, you hit a lot of the most important studies, you hit Australia, you you hit Sweden, I think there’s a very good paper that came out of the Netherlands. The Netherlands health ministry about two weeks ago that said the same thing I mean there’s an you know in the Netherlands schools have been open for a while, you know it’s hard actually to find a data point that doesn’t line up with what we’re talking about here and and what I would say is you talk about teachers unions and that’s that’s a very important piece of this puzzle there’s a couple other pieces of this puzzle.
Liability is a big issue it’s a very big issue you can imagine if one child and you know there’s it there’s gonna be a idiosyncretic cases by my count I looked at the CDC data before I came on with you there they’re 29 deaths of children from coronavirus under 15 that compares to, this is since February that compares to a hundred of the flu but because Coronavirus is you know such a big tar, it will be such a big target for that for plaintiffs lawyers there will be liability concerns and schools are very worried about that and frankly there’s a lot of teachers out there who don’t really understand the science and are scared.
Now there’s teachers who really want to get back I’ve heard from a lot of them yeah but but they don’t want to fight with their colleagues publicly so, so that you know, so the union leaders basically are allowed to push you know push their agenda.
it’s it’s interesting you mentioned liability that makes that makes sense, I know that there are many companies who appear the same. There are there are parts of the American economy that have liability protection given by the United States Congress, why wouldn’t we offer the same to educators.
well I mean I think there’s a totally legitimate question, you know I don’t know if the politics right now will allow that, but but you know if schools are gonna be able to reopen normally as they you know as they have now in it I was actually just in France, just a couple weeks ago France reopened partially they went to a full reopening with no physical distancing as you said no health theater.
If we’re going to allow schools to reopen and really reopen in a way that is normal for kids especially elementary school kids who you know who aren’t going to understand the point of any of this nonsense and be and they’re be frightened by it then maybe we should consider extending some kind of blanket liability protection here knowing that the risk is very small but that you know as we do with vaccines, right, vaccine I almost run away in the United States because of these idiosyncratic cases and we decided that we had to protect vaccinations of kids maybe that’s something we should think about doing.
I was just thinking that exact exact same thing and I know you don’t like to go to motive because you’re a reporter, and, one of the most rigorous reporters I know. What do you think, I mean there’s another level of motive here I mean this is so, am I being unfair, this is so detached from rational thinking that something else is happening here, do you think.
Well I, I mean I would I would say it is clear that if schools don’t reopen normally, society cannot function normally and now and that will be true for as long as they won’t reopen, and schools are incredibly important to people. Right people, people make decisions about where they live, they spend their last dime to get into the right school district, and so whoever is doing this is aware of this and and they’re aware of the disruption that they’re causing at the least, I would say the teachers unions don’t seem to care.
Yeah no they don’t and it’s and it’s distressing they should care but they don’t. Alex Berenson thanks so much, thank you thanks a lot partner.
Betsy Devos – Secretary of Education
Tucker Discusses the re-opening of schools with the US Secretary of Education, going into the science, medical advice and what they are doing following President Trumps announcement to re-open the schools by the fall. Tucker presses Secretary Devos on what actions might be taken against schools who don’t comply.
One person at the very center of this debate is Betsy DeVos, she’s the Secretary of Education and we’re pleased to have her on tonight. Secretary DeVos thanks so much for joining us so I don’t think there’s a lot of to be on the science of it and the president has just met us you’re very aware today and said that we have to reopen school what can the Department of Education do to make certain that happens.
Well like the president said today there is no excuse for schools not to reopen again and for kids to be able to learn again full-time the data doesn’t suggest anything different the medical experts aren’t suggesting anything different and as you pointed out in your opening statement this is more an issue of adults who are more interested in their own issues than they are about serving their students it’s very clear that kids have got to go back to school.
I think that seems absolutely right and millions of American parents on both sides or no side, non-political people want this to happen. So can the Department of Education withhold federal funding to schools that won’t comply with common-sense and science.
Well that’s that’s definitely something to be looked at, the reality is most of the education funding as you know comes from the state and local level so, in excess of 90 percent of it does. But what the President and all of those at a roundtable today made very clear is the expectation that kids have got to continue their learning, there is no reason to withhold education, full time education and I have to give a shout out to Commissioner Corcoran in Florida for putting forward a very comprehensive plan yesterday. That had an expectation that all students would be able to be back in school in person five days a week and then giving a lot of latitude as to how schools deal with special situations.
You know I think if nothing else this whole corona virus has made more and more parents aware of what’s going on in their own children schools or what isn’t going on. I think right here in suburban DC one of the most elite public school districts in the country over $16,000 per student, per year, they had an absolute disaster this spring and now this fall, they’re suggesting that as a way to start school again you can choose zero days a week for your child to be in school or two days a week. That’s not a choice, that’s a pretense of a choice so more and more families are at a point of demanding that their kids can be able to continue to learn and they want more options and choices for their kids too.
Let me just gently press you on my question though, you said 90% of the funding comes from state and local sources, of course but some funding does come from your department. How seriously are you looking at withholding that funding?
We are looking at this we are looking at this very seriously this is a very serious issue across the country kids have got to continue learning schools have got to open up there has got to be concerted effort to address the needs of all kids and adults who are fear-mongering and making excuses simply have got to stop doing it and turn their attention on what is right for students and for their families I think that’s right.
Secretary Devos thanks so much for coming on I appreciate it thanks so much.
Tucker appreciate it.
Tucker Talks about withdrawing from the World Health Organization (WHO).
Trump Declared on on April 15th 2020 his intention to halt funding to the WHO, giving the reason “Failed in its basic duty” in regards to the Coronavirus outbreak. On July 8th 2020 the Administration began formal proceedings to withdraw from the Organization. Tucker quickly outlines this and gives his opinion.
The Trump administration began its formal withdrawal from the World Health Organization today, that obviously is a welcome development for decades. This country has funnelled billions of your money to the World Health Organization, in return we got a group whose leaders once covered up cholera outbreaks in Ethiopia.
Talk about irony we got an organization so corrupt that its members who first class across the globe to impoverished nations. We got a Chinese puppet one that praised Beijing is a global model and refused to acknowledge the existence of Taiwan a democratic nation under a threat from a Chinese Dictatorship.
The World Health Organization failed the planet on coronavirus, it lied about how much China told it about the spread of that virus it repeated those lies that the virus could not spread person-to-person it suggests an early restrictions on travel were racist in short the World Health Organization is a failed organization and for once Americans should stop participating.
Tucker on Trumps Mount Rushmore Speech and Tammy Duckworth
Tucker Gives a long Monologue about Dems hatred of the USA and their reaction to President Trumps Mount Rushmore Speech. In addition he talks about the reaction to his criticism of Senator Tammy Duckworth on yesterdays show (7/5/20).
Across the nation Democratic lawmakers are denouncing the United States, its history, it’s heroes, it’s institutions and some of them think that despite that they can never be criticized, their identity protects them.
We disagree, we’ll tell you why, last night we played you long clips from the president’s recent address at Mount Rushmore -[it] may have been the best speech Donald Trump has ever given. It was succinct and clear and it was true and for all of those reasons the Democratic Party and its many minions absolutely hated it.
They denounced this speech and this may not come as a complete surprise to you, let’s quote, It was racist, now that’s a slur long divorced from any actual meaning, but we should tell you that as a factual matter it’s a lie. There was nothing even conceivably racist about Trumps speech, go watch it for yourself there’s not a racist word or idea in the whole thing.
The only time Trump even brought up the civil war was to praise Abraham Lincoln who thank God won it, he never mentioned the Confederacy or anyone in the Confederacy instead Trump praised unabashed American heroes like George Washington, Clara Barton, the Wright brothers and Jackie Robinson .
Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois watched the trump speech and claims she did her summary of it “he spent all his time talking about dead traitors”. George Washington, Clara Barton and Jackie Robinson, they are all, according to Tammy Duckworth dead traitors.
Pretty shocking in case you think we’re being unfair here, in the same interview Senator Duckworth was asked if we should tear down statues to George Washington, sure she responds, let’s talk about it.
We played that tape for you last night and we noted how grotesque it was. Only someone who hates the country would suggest ripping down monuments to its founder.
Apparently Tammy Duckworth saw what we said she didn’t disagree with it exactly, instead she questioned our right to criticize her at all, since she was once injured while serving in the Illinois Army National Guard; that’s what passes for an argument in modern identity politics, they don’t address the points that you make they question your right to make them at all.
The irony of course is that George Washington himself the dead traitor Tammy Duckworth has such contempt for, also served in the military, Washington spent most of his adult life under arms he fought in two wars.
At one point during the winter of 1777 Washington lost almost a quarter of his entire army to cold and malnutrition, so George Washington paid his dues. He was as we might say today a combat veteran and by the way Washington also created the country we live in. George Washington was a genuinely great man but to morons like Tammy Duckworth, Washington is just some old white guy who needs to be erased.
Let’s tear down his statues rename our capital city Sharpton or Mandela and let the revolution continue. But hold on, not so fast, changes that profound deserve a debate not some fake national conversation where they scream commands at you and you get to obey, but a vigorous reasoned exchange between adults.
We wanted to have in exchange like that with Tammy Duckworth tonight, so we called her office and we invited her on the show her flack informed us that before even considering our request, we must first issue a public apology for criticizing Tammy Duckworth. In other words I will not debate you until first you admit you’re completely wrong. Keep in mind Tammy Duckworth is not a child, at least not technically, she is a sitting United States Senator who was often described as a hero yet Duckworth is too afraid to defend her own statements on a cable TV show.
What a coward, Tammy Duckworth is also a fraud five years ago while she was a member of Congress whistleblowers from a VA hospital in Illinois, approached Duckworth to report the widespread mistreatment of sick veterans. Remember that story, the whistleblowers met with Tammy Duckworth three times she refused to help them.
According to a cardiologist who attended those meetings Duckworth dismissed the systemic cruelty inflicted on dying veterans by saying, that quote “that’s just how it is at the VA”. Those lawyers were horrified by her response, ultimately in frustration they took their story to the media and it became a national scandal.
This is the person lecturing the rest of us about her moral authority as a veteran, spare us. Tammy Duckworth is a callous hack who ignored the suffering of actual veterans when it actually mattered. She has no moral authority, she is just a politician like the rest of them she works for us, this is a democracy she has an obligation to explain herself and answer our questions and our first question would be how can you lead a country you despise, and that’s not something we would ask only to Tammy Duckworth by the way.
Hating America is a major theme in the Democratic Party right now it’s everywhere, turn on the TV here’s congresswoman Ilhan Omar just today and if anyone should love America it’s Ilhan Omar, this country rescued her from a squalid Kenyan refugee camp and made her a national figure she hates us for.
It is time to dismantle the American economy and the American system of government institutions that generations of Americans, built over hundreds of years. Tear them down say Ilhan Omar and Tammy Tuckworth and so many others on the Left.
We don’t like them, we hate this country, we want a new country. The problem is there are many of us here who do like this country, we live here, we don’t want to destroy it, we have every right to fight to preserve our nation and our heritage and our culture, and when vandals like Tammy Duckworth and Ilhan Omar tell us that we’re not allowed to question their patriotism, even as they scream about how horrible America is we have every right to laugh in their faces and we should.