Footage released Wednesday by the news organization, NowThis, shows a furious Fox News host Tucker Carlson telling Dutch historian Rutger Bregman to go “f-ck yourself,” after he criticized Carlson during an unaired interview.
The footage, released on Twitter, shows the two men discussing Fox News’s role in politics and broad support among American voters to raise taxes on the rich.
“I went to Davos to speak truth to power,” Bregman said of his visit to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “And I’m doing the exact same thing right now. You may not like it. But you’re a billionaire-funded by millionaires and that’s the reason why you’re not talking about these issues.”
“But I am talking about these issues,” Carlson replied.
Bregman said that Carlson was only jumping on the bandwagon, adding that he is saying now that he’s against the “globalist elite” and that it’s not “very convincing.”
“Why don’t you go f— yourself,” Carlson said, adding that he tried to give Bregman a “fair hearing.”
“And I hope this gets picked up because you’re a moron,” Carlson said in footage that only shows Bregman. “I tried to give you a hearing, but you were too f—ing annoying.”
“You can’t handle the criticism, can you?” Bregman responded.
Watch Fox News host Tucker Carlson call one of his guests a 'tiny brain…moron' during an interview. NowThis has obtained the full segment with historian Rutger Bregman that Fox News is refusing to air. pic.twitter.com/kERYPUaGLY
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) February 20, 2019
Justin Wells, senior executive producer for “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” told The Hill last week that Fox News elected not to run the interview because Bregman launched a “calculated personal insult campaign.”
“Tucker is someone who appreciates many points of view,” Wells said. “Sadly, the guest turned an opportunity to have a substantive, informative discussion into an obviously calculated personal insult campaign. We were disappointed in the segment and respect our audience’s time too much to consider airing it.”
Bregman said that he made the decision to release the footage “because I think we should keep talking about the corrupting influence of money in politics.”
“It also shows how angry elites can get if you do that,” he said, adding that he stands behind what he said in the interview.
2/ I stand behind what I said, but there’s one thing I should have done better. When Carlson asked me how he’s being influenced by Big Business and tax-avoiding billionaires, I should have quoted Noam Chomsky.
— Rutger Bregman (@rcbregman) February 20, 2019
Bregman first claimed last week that Carlson called him a “f—ing moron” during an interview.
Bregman added that Carlson called him an “asshole” in an email after he asked when the segment would be aired on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
“The below is a message from Tucker Carlson directly: ‘I loved what you said at Davos, so I had high hopes for our interview. But you turned out to be far dumber, more dogmatic and less impressive than I expected. You’re [a] professional academic, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, but it was still disappointing. Also, for what it’s worth, you’re an asshole.'”
— Rutger Bregman (@rcbregman) February 12, 2019