Fox News host Tucker Carlson blamed lectures about white privilege and mental health drugs for contributing to mass shootings in the United States.
Carlson’s comments come after the Highland Park, Illinois 4th of July parade shooting which left 7 dead on Monday.
During his prime time show Tuesday, Carlson described for his viewers the troubled past of Robert Crimo III, the suspect arrested and charged in the shooting.
Carlson then drew a comparison between Crimo and other mass shooters in recent years. The host explained that boys are growing up isolated and surrounded by social media, pornography and video games.
He claimed that young men like Crimo are, “numbed by the endless psychotropic drugs that are handed out at every school in the country by crackpots posing as counselors.”
Additionally, Carlson remarked, “And yet the authorities in their lives – mostly women – never stop lecturing them about their so-called privilege.”
Carlson also insisted that men are angry, insinuating that increasing economic difficulties may be contributing to their poor mental health and frustration with society.
“And of course, they’re angry,” Carlson exclaimed. They know that their lives will not be better than their parents’. They’ll be worse. That’s all but guaranteed. They know that.”
He continued, “Imagine that. Try to imagine an unhealthier, unhappier life than that. So, a lot of young men in America are going nuts. Are you surprised?”
After providing his commentary on the current situation where many young men today find themselves, Carlson listed many mass shooters in recent years who were on anti-depressants.
“So, is there a connection?” Carlson asked. “Well, we don’t know definitively. We do know there are a whole lot more of these drugs being taken by kids than ever before and by than entire population.”
Carlson received a great deal of criticism by many in the main stream media for sharing his perspective on the issue.
In response to Carlson’s comments, the Daily Beast published a story entitled, “Tucker Finds a Way to Blame Women for Young Male Mass Shootings.”
Further, Washington Post writer Phillip Bump wrote, “He uses mass shootings to argue that more Americans need to worry about government jackboots seizing their weapons – indicating that his viewers need to be better armed. He often frames his arguments in religious terms, as a battle between Christian rationality and evil.”