Tucker Carlson delivered a monologue on the first Trump-Biden debate and said the Democratic presidential nominee is using the "illusion of reasonableness" to change the country forever.
TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS: So what did we learn last night? America deserves better. That’s the first and most obvious thing we learned. All kinds of people said that today. They were right. This is a great country. The most decent people in the world live here. We ought to be proud of the fact that we’re Americans, proud of our culture and of our history. Most of us want it to continue. We want the nation our grandchildren inherit to be as stable and happy as the one we grew up in. Last night’s debate gave us little confidence that will happen. It was a painful, highly depressing ninety minutes. At times, things seemed out of control. We could go on, but you saw it. You know what it was like.
That’s the overview. As a political matter, the main thing we learned last night is that it was a mistake to spend so much time focusing on Joe Biden’s mental decline. Yes, Biden is fading. We’ve showed you dozens of examples of it, for months. But on stage, Biden didn’t seem senile. If you tuned in expecting him to forget his own name — and, honestly, we did — you may have been surprised by how precise some of his answers were — not all of them, but enough. Trump isn’t going to win this race by calling Joe Biden senile. Nor, by the way, is Biden is going to win by calling Donald Trump a racist, as he repeatedly did last night. That slander didn’t work four years ago. It won’t work now. Personal attacks rarely determine elections. That’s obvious if you look at the results, but it’s easy to forget.
What matters to voters is what you do, not what you say. Right now, many would like to see someone defend the country. America has never been under fiercer attack. Virtually all of the attackers come from the domestic left. They’re Democrats. They’re Biden voters. “I am the Democratic Party,” Joe Biden reminded us last night. That’s true. It should be enough to keep Trump in office. The Democratic Party has become more radical than any major party in Amercian history. Its leaders plan to dismantle the system our founders created centuries ago, a system that countless other countries have envied and copied. Democrats want to abolish the electoral college. They’re trying to end traditional Election Day voting. The intend to invalidate the filibuster, and guarantee permanent control of the House and Senate by admitting D.C. and Puerto Rico into the union. We’ll have 52 states, and the Democrats will be in charge forever. That’s their plan.
Scariest of all, they’re planning to highjack the Supreme Court, by expanding the number of justices. Leading Democrats have endorsed this idea. It’s not a small change. It would end our third branch of government. The judiciary would cease dispensing justice. It would instead become an instrument of partisan power politics, wielded exclusively on behalf of one party. How would you like to live in a country like that? It’s horrifying. Joe Biden was asked about this last night. Here’s how it went:
WALLACE: Are you willing to tell the American people tonight whether or not you will support either ending the filibuster or packing the court?
JOE BIDEN: Whatever position I take in that, that will become the issue. The issue is the American people should speak. You should. Go out and vote. You're in voting now. Vote. And let your senators know how strongly you feel.
TRUMP: Are you going to pack the court?
BIDEN: Vote now.
TRUMP: Are you going to pack the court?
BIDEN: Make sure you, in fact, let people know, your Senators.
TRUMP: He doesn’t want to answer the question.
BIDEN: I’m not going to answer the question.
TRUMP: Why wouldn’t you answer that question? You want to put a lot of new Supreme Court Justices. Radical left.
BIDEN: Will you shut up, man?
There are a couple of things to note about that exchange. No one forced Biden to answer the question. That was frustrating to watch, but it was also easy to interpret. Of course Biden plans to pack the supreme court. Otherwise he would have denied it. Court-packing isn’t popular. Nearly 70 percent of Americans oppose it, including more than half of all registered Democrats. But the extremists who run the Democratic Party demand it. Joe Biden follows their lead. This is what radicalism looks like: anything that stands between you and power, you destroy, even if it’s the world’s oldest constitutional court, which ours is. We should be afraid of people who are willing to do things like this. But in Biden’s case, we’re not. Which leads to something else we learned at the debate: tone is everything. Biden all but admitted on stage that he plans to tear down our system. But he did it in a calm, this-is-your-captain-speaking voice. Biden seemed reassuring, even as he hinted at revolution.
Trump, by contrast, tried to defend our system, the one that most people support. Nothing Trump said on stage was radical. Virtually nothing he ever says is radical, at least if you compare it to public opinion polling on the issues. It’s his tone that rattles people. Trump could make a wine list sound menacing. And so, amazingly — tragically — many people watching last night may have concluded that Joe Biden is the stable, steady alternative. They concluded this, even as Biden suggested that he plans to change their lives permanently and forever, in ways they won’t like.
It was quite a trick: the illusion of reasonableness. Barack Obama was the master of this. Biden learned well. And so he continued. Watch Biden explain that, actually, he’s the America First candidate:
BIDEN: [My economic plan] would create an additional $1 trillion in economic growth, because it would be about buying American. The federal government spends $600 billion a year on everything from ships, to steel, to buildings and the like. And under my proposal, we’re going to make sure that every penny of that has to be made by a company in America.
“Buy American!” says the man who welcomed China into the World Trade Organization, and has been sucking up to its leaders ever since. “Fight the billionaires!” says the man whose campaign is funded by oligarchs on Wall Street and Silicon Valley. Joe Biden stole Donald Trump’s lines. It was remarkable. How was Biden able to do this? The Trump campaign should ruminate on that. Trump’s advisors-slash-in-laws are telling to him to brag about the number of people he’s let out of prison, at a time when our crime rate is exploding, and people are dying as a result. Joe Biden’s advisors plan to let many more people out of prison. But they’re not bragging about it. They’re hiding it. Instead they used the debate to talk up a “buy America” program they’ll never implement. The Biden people are serious about politics. They know what the public wants, even if they plan to ignore it once in office.
And of course they’re willing to say anything. That’s another thing we learned last night. We learned that quote “white supremacy” is now the single greatest threat to our country. How can that be? Well it turns out that mobs of white supremacists just burned down Minneapolis, and then Kenosha. They trashed Portland and Seattle. They shot cops in Louisville. They torched Wendy’s and cleaned out the Nike store. They destroyed public monuments in Atlanta and San Francisco. They defaced war memorials in Washington. They looted Macy’s in Midtown Manhattan. In Chicago, white supremacists murdered hundreds of African Americans. Everywhere they went, these rightwing bigots spray-painted racist graffiti on buildings, and threatened sleeping citizens in their homes. The white supremacists did all this. You must have seen it on TV.
It was bewildering to listen to all this. It wasn’t just factually untrue. It was insane, crazier than any conspiracy theory that Google bans. Yet they are now demanding that you believe it, and punishing you if you don’t. Why are they doing that? Good question. It’s an ominous sign. If they can make you accept a lie that ridiculous, what do they plan to do next? Maybe someone will ask that question in the next debate.