Tucker Carlson has condemned American colleges and universities for demanding that students be vaccinated against COVID-19, arguing that such mandates “prohibit children from getting an education.”
The Fox News host – who has made it clear that he is personally pro-vaccine – has taken over mandates already passed by more than 100 schools on his Monday night show.
He claimed that schools forcing students to provide proof of vaccination are part of a larger campaign by Democrats to take away citizens’ physical autonomy.
‘Just because there is no official federal requirement to take the coronavirus vaccine doesn’t mean you and your family don’t have to take it, with the full support of the Biden administration, the private industry and nonprofits can force you,’ Carlson said.
Colleges all over the country have announced that they will need vaccine passports in the fall. Students who cannot show evidence of COVID vaccination will not be admitted to campus, ”he added, citing Yale, Georgetown, Princeton, Duke, Columbia and the University of California system as examples.
Tucker Carlson convicted US colleges and universities for demanding students be vaccinated against COVID-19 on his Fox News Monday night show
‘You can see where this is going, and at high speed. Soon, almost all college students in America will have to take the COVID vaccine. In fact, it’s a national mandate, ”Carlson continued.
‘Why are schools doing this and is that a good idea? From a medical point of view, it is difficult to understand the reasoning behind this.
‘Young people as a group are not at risk of dying from COVID. Perhaps more importantly, huge numbers of students are already infected with the coronavirus. We know that. And that’s why they have natural immunity to it.
So why do these kids need the vaccine? Nobody explained that. ‘
Carlson further argued that university vaccine mandates were driven by Democrats, including President Joe Biden.
“They have found our pressure point,” he said. “If you disobey us, they announced – and Barack Obama has confirmed them and so has Joe Biden – if you disobey, we will prevent your children from getting an education.
‘That will work, by the way. Because keeping children out of school, aside from arrest and imprisonment, is the most coercive measure the authorities can take. ‘
Kent State University student Marz Anderson gets his Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccination from Kent State nurse Beth Krul in Ohio on April 8, 2021
Carlson clarified that he was not saying that students should not get vaccinated, but that they should not be forced to do so.
“It’s not about the vaccine,” Carlson said at one point. Maybe you want the vaccine for yourself and your kids, maybe not. It’s a matter of being forced to take it.
If we force ourselves to take it, then what? And everything is the answer to that question.
If the authorities are allowed to scrutinize a health care decision so intimately, if they can force you and your kids to take a vaccine you don’t want and fear, what can’t they do ? Nothing.
They will have complete power over your body and mind forever. What is the limit of their power? There is none. ‘
Carlson pointed to a public service announcement that former President Barack Obama posted on TikTok, encouraging youth to get the vaccine as an example of democratic reach.
“A scary old man telling your kids, your little kids, to take drugs whose effects we don’t fully understand. It’s perfectly normal, ”he said.
A CNN census published over the weekend showed that more than 100 colleges and universities in the US have announced that they will require students to provide proof of vaccination before returning to campus in the fall (file photo )
A CNN census published over the weekend showed that more than 100 colleges and universities in the US have announced that they will require students to provide proof of vaccination before returning to campus in the fall.
That list has exploded in a few weeks since a handful of schools announced the policy.
Mandates vary from school to school with some saying they will grant exemptions for medical, religious or personal reasons.
Most schools are private, but some – including the University of California system – are public.
A recent Quinnipiac University poll found that 36 percent of American adults under the age of 35 do not plan to get vaccinated.
As of Monday, more than 147.5 million adults nationwide have received at least one dose of a vaccine and 105.5 have been fully vaccinated.