John Oliver had some choice words for Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Sunday night, both for his views of the widespread protests following the death of George Floyd while in police custody, and for the rhetoric Carlson is pushing about mail-in voting.
JOHN OLIVER: OK, first, [BLEEP] you, Tucker. That's just a general point. Second, saying officious bird watcher is deeply offensive. Because you're either talking to both sides that Central Park incident or insulting fans of this show, who proudly call themselves officious bird watchers.
- John Oliver had some choice words for Tucker Carlson, Sunday night. Not only because of the Fox News host's views on the widespread protests following the death of George Floyd while in police custody, but also, because of the rhetoric Carlson is pushing about mail in voting.
TUCKER CARLSON: Why haven't we had mail in ballots for the last 230 years? Maybe the reason is mail in ballots are an invitation to widespread fraud and manipulation. And if you want to rattle people's faith in the system that we've had for centuries, maybe you would do that.
- Oliver pointed out that mail in voting has been around since the Civil War and that millions of Americans voted by mail even before the coronavirus, contradicting Carson's narrative.
JOHN OLIVER: Your premise that voting by mail is a new idea that would shatter democracy is, in fact, completely and deeply stupid. That's no reflection on you, though, is it? You just engaged in a dialogue in good faith. So thank you, unless you weren't doing that. In which case, go [BLEEP] yourself, you human boat shoot.
- And Oliver urged his audience to vote by mail, if for no other reason, than to upset Tucker Carlson.
JOHN OLIVER: And I would seriously consider doing it. Because if you vote by mail, not only will you be exercising your civic duty. You'll also be making Tucker Carlson really [BLEEP] mad, and what better incentive is there to do absolutely anything than that?