Fox News host Tucker Carlson used his trademark wit to go scorched earth on departing White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki during his Tuesday program.
And he didn’t spare her replacement, Karine Jean-Pierre, either.
Namely, he believes that as bad as Psaki was, Jean-Pierre will be worse, in his view.
In an interview with Fox News’ Howard Kurtz this week, Psaki explained why she’s leaving to take a gig at MSNBC.
“I’m leaving because I have a four-year-old and a six-year-old. They’re the most important people in my life. And my husband, of course, and I always knew that having worked in the White House before, that this was not a job I could do forever,” she said on Sunday. Jean-Pierre will takes over on Friday.
Here is a partial transcript of Carlson’s assessment:
Carlson: They get to intimidate all the Supreme Court justices they want as long as they’re on the right side of abortion and we’re quoting now, ‘We certainly continue to encourage protests outside judges’ home,’ she said, and in so saying, reversed hundreds of years of policy and tradition and took yet another blow against civilization and decency. She could do that because she’s the press secretary. She’s Jen Psaki — or was. Next week she’s headed to MSNBC for a new life as a cable news contributor. Wish her luck, of course. Good luck, Jen Psaki. But in the meantime, you’ve got to wonder who’s going to replace her. Who could replace her? Is anyone qualified? Is there another person in this country as shallow, nasty, and partisan as Jen Psaki is? Well, there is. Her name is Karine Jean-Pierre. Listen to Jen Psaki describe Karine Jean-Pierre.
He then played a clip of Psaki announcing she’s leaving and that Jean-Pierre is replacing her before continuing.
Carlson: Well, you heard it from Jen Psaki. She’s going to be the first ‘out LGBTQ+ person to be White House press secretary,’ and thank God. But before you light a candle and begin tonight’s celebrations, a quick question: What does LGBTQ+ mean? Hey, Jen Psaki, let us know if you have a minute. Explain every letter in that acronym and specifically what it signifies. We will wait. Don’t hold your breath. She’s not going to do it because, like everybody else who uses that phrase, Jen Psaki literally has no idea, no clue at all what it means. It’s one of those terms you’re not supposed to define. One day you just start using it, ‘LGBTQ+,’ and anyone who asks what it means is immediately presumed to be in the out-group. So it’s not actually a word. Words are meant to signify meaning and communicate it to other people.
No, it’s not that at all. It’s a litmus test, and you could feel it. ‘Oh, you don’t know what LGBTQ+ means? Keep an eye on that person. Hates gays.’ But whatever. Don’t ask questions. Karine Jean-Pierre is our first out LGBTQ+ White House press secretary, and that’s all you need to know. It’s a good thing. Shut up and celebrate. That’s why she got the job. She’s in the right group, and to the Biden Administration, which thinks exclusively in terms of groups and never in terms of individuals, because individuals are messy and inconvenient, the group is all that matters. This is exactly how they pick Supreme Court justices or vice presidents or members of the Federal Reserve Board and now, the all-important press secretary gig has gone to someone on the basis of group.
It’s really simple: Show us your picture, and we’ll tell you if you’re qualified for the job. And in many ways, Karine Jean-Pierre is perfect for the job. Not only is she a member of the out LGBTQ+ community, she’s also critically the product of a private school and an Ivy League college and yet still oppressed somehow. She is furious at America, despite her ample privilege, and enraged by its racist systems of oppression, and she’s happy to tell you about it.