Tucker Carlson's economic populism is a fraud. His coverage of Amy Coney Barrett proves it. - 2020-10-13
It was a brazen lie, even by Tucker Carlson's standards. Following the first day of confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, the Fox News host on Monday pushed back against concerns from Senate Democrats by falsely claiming, "There is no case currently pending anywhere in this country before any court in America that would eliminate Obamacare."
That might prove a surprise to the Republican attorneys general who are seeking the repeal of the landmark health law through California v Texas; the Trump Justice Department, which joined their case, arguing that the law "should not be allowed to remain in effect"; and the current justices on the Supreme Court, who are scheduled to hear oral arguments in the case on November 10, well after Republicans plan to vote to confirm Barrett. The judge has been critical of past Supreme Court rulings finding the Affordable Care Act constitutional, and whether or not she ultimately supports the Republican attorneys general challenging it, the law is clearly "at risk," contra Carlson.
Carlson is lying in order to downplay the danger Barrett's confirmation poses to the health of tens of millions of Americans, who risk losing their insurance coverage in the middle of a pandemic if the court eliminates the ACA. The Fox star's Monday performance is consistent with his weekslong effort to hide from his audience the potential economic consequences that Barrett's confirmation poses for their lives.