Chelsea Clinton sparked outrage for calling on Facebook to ban Tucker Carlson from the platform for saying that vaccinated people should return to normal life and not have to wear masks amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Clinton had chimed in on Twitter amid a spat between Carlson and Dr. Anthony Fauci about the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines.
Carlson on his show on Wednesday said that he has been asking for months why vaccinated people ‘have to live under the restrictions that the vaccines were supposed to eliminate’ while taking shots at Fauci.
‘We’re wondering if Fauci is telling Americans who have been vaccinated or who have recovered from the coronavirus itself that they aren’t protected from future infections,’ Carlson said on his show.
Fauci had earlier in the day said that Carlson’s questions that the coronavirus vaccines may not be effective because vaccinated people still have to wear masks is a ‘conspiracy theory.’
Chelsea Clinton has been slammed on Twitter after chiming in amid a spat between Tucker Carlson and Dr. Anthony Fauci
Carlson on his show on Wednesday said that he has been asking for months why vaccinated people ‘have to live under’ coronavirus restrictions
Fauci had said that Carlson’s questions that the coronavirus vaccines may not be effective because vaccinated people still have to wear masks is a ‘conspiracy theory’
Clinton then called on Facebook to band Carlson after his segment on Wednesday
‘That’s just a typical, crazy conspiracy theory. Why would we not tell people if it doesn’t work? Look at the data. The data are overwhelming,’ Fauci said.
‘In the three vaccines that have been approved for use in an emergency use authorization – the J&J, the Pfizer, and the Moderna – you had 30,000, 44,000 and 40,000 people in a clinical trial with an overwhelming signal of efficacy.’
Fauci added: ‘So I don’t have any idea what he’s talking about.’
Clinton then retweeted a post containing a screenshot of Carlson from his show and noted that Facebook had banned false claims about COVID-19 vaccines in December.
‘In December, @facebook banned claims about #covid19 vaccines ‘that have been debunked by public health experts’,’ she tweeted.
She later continued to tweet about Carlson and her calls to ban him from Facebook
Clinton said that Carlson’s comments were ‘especially troubling given Republican men are currently most likely to say they’re not interested in being vaccinated.’
She later added that: ‘@TuckerCarlson consistently spews racist, bigoted, anti-Semitic hate and misinformation across his platforms. He doesn’t deserve a microphone.’
‘Also, @Facebook needs to live up to its own commitment. It’s not just one user or one false #covid19 post, it’s the mess of misinformation unchecked everyday,’ Clinton tweeted.
‘The most popular story on the J&J vaccine is a post from a known conspiracy theorist. Come on!’
Critics of Clinton took to Twitter to defend Carlson from the attacks by the former first daughter
Twitter users were quick to slam the former first daughter for her comments on Thursday.
Journalist Glenn Greenwald simply wrote: ‘Please remove from the internet any content that displeases or otherwise causes any discomfort for Chelsea Clinton.’
English singer-songwriter Gareth Icke said that ‘being hated by a Clinton is probably something to be worn as a badge of honour.’
Mediaite columnist John Ziegler took the opportunity to slam Fauci with his comment, while defending Carlson.
‘Not only is this Tucker Carlson controversy based on a misperception of what he actually said, the basis of his commentary was a perfectly logic interpretation of Dr. Fauci’s own words/actions on the vaccines,’ Ziegler wrote.
‘It is Fauci who appears to be the anti-vaxer!’
Some, however, took to Twitter to defend Clinton amid the scandal between Fauci and Carlson
Missy Crane of the Wayne Dupree Show, an internet radio show, called the entire Clinton family ‘crooks.’
‘Chelsea’s parents are notorious crooks and her father is a womanizer and an accused serial rapist, but this privileged little darling is calling on FB to ban an American patriot and good family man,’ Crane tweeted on the show’s account.
Others took the chance to call Carlson ‘the last real journalist in America today.’
‘What are you so afraid of? Perhaps the truth?’ @Claudred tweeted.
Another Twitter user wrote: ‘Chelsea Clinton carries on the trashy behavior of her parents.’
However, not all took the chance to attack Clinton. Some backed her and instead chose to criticize the Fox News host.
Columnist David Weissman, former congressional candidate Rob Anderson, and actor Debra Messing all tweeted: ‘I stand with Chelsea Clinton on calling Facebook to ban Tucker Carlson.’