Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s attempt to criticize the media’s mostly positive coverage of 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg took a strange turn on Tuesday when he spoke about eating “every last drop of” the South Bend, Indiana, mayor.
Carlson declared Buttigieg is the “younger, hotter” media darling, replacing former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), who also is running for president after a failed Senate bid last year.
“They’ve left you for a younger, hotter candidate,” Carlson said. “They split with some guy from Indiana, you can’t even pronounce the guy’s name.”
He then played a series of clips of TV pundits discussing Buttigieg, with MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace calling him “chicken soup for my soul,” a reference to the bestselling series of inspirational books.
Carlson decided to take this last comment quite literally, asking, “Chicken soup for my soul? Even by the naughty standards of the news media, this is a new level of political commitment. They don’t just want to vote for this guy. They want to consume him, like a hearty stew. Every last drop of Buttigieg. Yum! They’re all in.”
His bizarre segment was widely mocked on Twitter:
Is Tucker Carlson ok? pic.twitter.com/4hUsLAOC2Y
— jordan (@JordanUhl) April 17, 2019
So i may have gone and done a thing. I really hope its… [puts on sunglasses] a swansong. pic.twitter.com/q0aje7jsEX
— 💮Yerk Toader💮 (@Die_Weiss_Rose) April 17, 2019
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) April 17, 2019
My laptop just got slapped with a restraining order *and* a court-ordered sex offender registry for playing this.
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) April 17, 2019
What has Tucker Carlson been putting in his stews lately. #Buttigieg
— Coleman WGA Stander Ranahan (@colemanranahan) April 17, 2019
drinking a whole bottle of gin, trying to wipe my short term memory and forget tucker carlson saying “yumm” over pete buttigieg
— alex (@ghibliantrains) April 17, 2019
… i literally don't even know what's ever going on anymore ever. pic.twitter.com/gaDTi886FJ
— fake nick ramsey (@nick_ramsey) April 17, 2019
we do not like Buttigieg either but this is proof that not going on Tucker's show was a good idea
"Senator Gravel, you remind me of a hearty stew. I want to consume you" https://t.co/dR2tFrZsND
— Mike Gravel (@MikeGravel) April 17, 2019