Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Disgustingly Mocks the Poor, Says They’re Lucky Because They’re Fat (Video)

The ability to think “big picture” is one I think a lot of people on both sides of the political debate lack.  And while I’ll fully admit I’ve met many liberals who lack the ability to think beyond the short-term, it’s an epidemic that plagues nearly the entire Republican party.

After all, these are the people who say idiotic things like, “It’s cold outside – so much for global warming!”

But Fox News’ Tucker Carlson perfectly displayed the type of ignorance I see with most conservatives I encounter.

On Fox News’ new show Out Numbered, Carlson essentially downplayed the problem with poverty, while mocking poor people by boasting about the obesity rate among poorer Americans.

Carlson said, “All of us should be happy about one thing, and it’s that for the first time in human history you have a country whose poor people are fat.  So this does show this sort of amazing abundance.  For the last however many millennia, poor people starved to death.  And this is a country that’s so rich, whose agriculture sector is so vibrant and at the cutting edge technologically, that our food is so cheap, poor people are fat! I mean, I don’t know. We shouldn’t take that for granted.”

Deep breath.

Healthy food is expensive.  You know what’s not expensive?  Chicken nuggets.  Pizza.  Hot dogs.  Fried foods in general.  Pretty much all the unhealthy crap that’s sure to take years off the lives of millions of impoverished Americans who can’t afford to buy healthier foods.

If you doubt me, take identical shopping lists to Whole Foods and Walmart then see which place you spend more money.

But he didn’t stop there.  Carlson continued, “Go to a rich neighborhood, there’s not a single fat person on the street.  No one smokes cigarettes, no one’s overweight.”

Ignoring the fact that this statement is 100% inaccurate, maybe the reason why obesity might not be as prevalent within richer neighborhoods is because they have the money to buy the healthier foods, afford gym memberships and hire things like personal trainers to stay in better shape?

Just a thought.

But the total ignorance Carlson displayed here was astounding.  For him to sit there and seemingly try to boast about how our poor don’t have it so bad because they’re “obese” was a perfect example of the small-minded nature of conservative thinking.  Instead of taking into account that most food that poor people can afford is extremely unhealthy, he tried to perpetuate the idea that because people aren’t starving that they’re not doing so badly.

Except millions of poor people in this county are starving.  Another fact this idiot completely ignores.

What he should really be thinking about is why in a country such as the United States, where we claim to be a world leader, do we have so many millions of Americans living in poverty?  Why are so many people going to bed hungry?  Why is the gap between the rich and the other 98% of Americans at its widest level in history?

I’ve always thought Tucker Carlson was a spineless pile of garbage who fed off the ignorance of the conservatives who actually listen to his nonsense – and his latest comments only solidified my belief.

Here’s the clip via Fox News:

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Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Pipercat

    Tucker’s looking pretty chunky there…

    • Carol Ann Hunigan Booher

      you got that right.

  • Carol Ann Hunigan Booher

    I am sick to death of overpaid undertalented know nothings.. He has never been poor and knows nothing of which he speaks.. He talks of going to rich neighborhoods and no one fat well those wealth hoarders who are mostly that way because they cheat on their taxes and take the money off shore.. They can pay to suck the fat out.. They can afford foods that they need, I hope to see the day some of these holier than thou know it alls are brought down.. Let Faux news let him go and he might just one day find out..

    • Greg

      cry baby liberals.

    • tallron

      Couldn’t have anything to do with working 60 hr weeks while Obama voters sit on their ass and watch Oprah, could it?

  • shopper

    Check out which foods are subsidized by government aid and again – the unhealthiest win. That’s why they’re cheaper and that’s why the poor consume them.

    • Marilyn Olsen Scheffler

      Exactly, a fact that most people already knew when they were much younger than this screwball is. They are forced because of cost to eat the more starchy high carb foods because they are cheaper and keep them feeling full longer. I just want to smack his face in!!

  • Veritas vos Liberabit

    Where were these people from Fox when brains were being handed out? The more logic they tried to make. the more imbeciles they looked. Has anyone seen the portrait of Capitalism painting called “Yo vendi a credito, yo vendi al contado”….check it out. It is not the fat guy whose poor…

    • And you listen to Chris #idiot Matthews? So who is the one with no brains?

  • Doris MacLachlan Cole

    Idiots! The unemployment is so high because the “jobs” were sent to other countries. Fools. They need to focus on the real problem, corporations destroying this great nation. FAUX News won’t do that because they’re part of that corporate machine.

    • strayaway

      Yes! I was going to say about the same thing about jobs being sent to other countries while cheaper labor is imported to compete for remaining jobs at home. It isn’t just Fox though. I would add CNN, MSNBC, and the rest of the corporate media as being owned puppets of the corporatist oligarchy controlling both of our parties and ‘deep government’.

      Eric Hofer spoke to the physical differences between the rich and poor in his book “The True Believer” noticing much the same thing, that the poor were affected by job conditions, quality of food even in 1951. I would add that in poor rural areas, and some urban ghettoscapes there aren’t even any decent grocery stores. I once lived in a northern summer tourist city that did have a Krogers. I was shocked at the paltry selection and poor quality of its vegetables; much poorer than any urban Krogers I had ever been in.

      • Sandy Greer

        Where people toil from sunrise to sunset for a bare living, they nurse no grievances and dream no dreams. ~ Eric Hoffer (True Believer)

      • strayaway

        That sounds like an insight from One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.

      • Sandy Greer

        I can see why you’d say that. But credit goes to Eric Hoffer. If you’ve still got your book:

        The Free Poor chapter.

        He also said this:

        Discontent is likely to be highest when misery is bearable; when conditions have so improved that an ideal state seems almost within reach. A grievance is most poignant when almost redressed. ~ Eric Hoffer (True Believer)

    • tallron

      Because you and your fuc&ing Union thugs drove them away-MORON!

  • dylan

    What they won’t tell you is that “actual unemployment” number of 19.2 million people–was 3 million higher two years ago.

    • tallron

      Another lib lie- check out U6.

      • dylan

        The 19.2 IS the U6 number you dolt.

  • Fernando

    Tucker is really, really ‘poor’! A chubby chasers delight!

  • pinballsdoll

    what a stupid son of a bitch…the crappy food is what is cheap..fresh food, such as meats vegetables fruits, organics, fat free etc COST MORE. so do gyms, jenny craig, nutri system and liposuction, which is really the way the “rich” people arent fat. Although I believe his statements are going to shock some of my porky conservative coworkers.

  • janhalt

    The sorry truth is Tucker is right! More poor people eat junk food which is fattening. Allen Clifton is spinning the statement with ridicule to make himself look important and learned, typical ploy of those on the left.

  • Cathy Benedetta

    Look at the poor in Africa and look at our poor….enough said….

    • The poor here get health care, a place to live, and and food! So don’t be slamming Tucker. In fact he works two jobs!

      • Cathy Benedetta

        Bruce….totally agree….my comment was in defense of Tucker.

  • Greg

    he’s right

  • Greg

    he’s right! There’s the people that work hard and then there’s liberals.

  • Gary Sattely

    Unfortunately, he is just repeating something that was said on NPR about 6 years ago, some guest asked an illegal friend of his why they risk their lives to come to america and his response was “because in america, even the poor people are fat” old news is so exciting..too bad this thought process was spoken by a liberal guest on a liberal radio show.
    And for the record…prove that he is wrong, because for 6 years I have been trying.
    Is he incorrect? yes or no

  • Russ

    I love the its not their fault theme….they cant help it…they’re forced to eat crap because they’re poor…we all have choices and no one is forcing poor lazy check drawing LOSERS to eat bad food and git fat…they git fat because they dont work…duh