Fox News: Tucker Carlson slams Australia’s covid lockdown ‘lunacy’

Fox News host Tucker Carlson has unleashed an epic spray over what he’s dubbed Australia’s Covid-19 “totalitarianism”.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson has unleashed over what he’s dubbed Australia’s Covid-19 “totalitarianism”, accusing state and federal governments of mindlessly embracing martial law, shooting rescue dogs and lockdown lunacy.

The most watched cable news host in the United States, who pulls in three million viewers on average, has delivered an epic spray today in an editorial to open his program Tucker Carlson Tonight.

Lashing Victorian Premier Dan Andrews and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the TV host said Australia and New Zealand had gone too far.

“In Australia, the government has implemented total lockdowns nationwide, and imposed martial law to enforce them,” the Fox News host said on Tuesday.

“What’s the justification for this? Here are the numbers: from mid-July to last week, the entire country of Australia — a population of 25 million — has averaged about 1.5 Covid deaths per day.

“That has been enough to justify the end of Australia and totalitarianism. In one recent case, authorities executed rescue dogs — shot them to death — to prevent Australian dog lovers from travelling to adopt them. Leaving your home is not allowed, so they just killed the dogs. And the population put up with it. They were told they had to.”

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In recent days several impounded dogs due to be rescued by a NSW shelter were instead shot dead by a rural council, reportedly over Covid-19 restrictions.

Bourke Shire Council is understood to have killed the dogs to prevent volunteers from travelling to pick up the animals, sparking anger from animal rights groups.

Carlson also attacked the NSW police manhunt to find a Covid-positive man who was refusing to self-isolate in NSW.

“Nightly news in Australia now looks like a science fiction film. One recent report described a 27-year-old fugitive. Was he a mass killer? No,” he said.

“He dared to venture outside of his apartment complex. For doing that, the media showed surveillance footage of him entering his elevator and sneezing without covering his face. There was nobody else in the elevator at the time. For that, there‘s now a nationwide manhunt underway. An arrest warrant has just been issued. We’re not making this up.”

The Fox host then rounded on the Victorian Premier for criticising people watching the sunset. The program included a clip of Mr Andrews admonishing those attending takeaway cocktail bars and watching the sunset.

“I’m sure it was a beautiful sunset. But that’s not in the spirit or in the letter of these rules,” Mr Andrews says in the clip.

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Carlson continued, “What else is selfish and arrogant in Australia? It’s not just going to church or leaving your apartment or trying to adopt a rescue dog. Watching the sunset is also selfish and arrogant.

“Scolded for watching the sunset. Executing rescue dogs. A nationwide manhunt for a guy who sneezed alone in an elevator. No one in Australia is laughing at this. No one is standing back far enough to see the lunacy on display — they’re too far gone.

“If that were to happen in Tehran, we’d all tug our chins and say, ‘That’s the mullahs, they’re not like us.’ But it’s not Iran, it’s not North Korea — it’s Australia. What we thought was a rules-based society. You can either rebel immediately like San Francisco did in 1918. Or you can shut up and end up like Australia, and watch them shoot your dogs.”

To date the United States has recorded an estimated 630,000 deaths from Covid-19 and more than 39 million infections nationwide.

By contrast, Australia’s lockdown measures and border closures have significantly reduced deaths to fewer than 1,000.

Nearly 45,000 Australians have been infected with Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic.

But Carlson said Australia wasn’t alone in going too far with lockdowns, also attacking Ms Ardern.

“Consider New Zealand, a famously placid outpost in the fast-shrinking Anglosphere,” he said.

“A single Covid case on the island — not a death from Covid, but a case of Covid — has shut down the entire country. New Zealanders have been told they are no longer allowed to talk to their neighbours.

“Don’t talk to your neighbours — stay in your bubble! That’s New Zealand. But it’s freer than Australia.”

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