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The internet had some thoughts about Carlson’s remarks.
Carlson commented on how the media had “left” Beto O’Rourke for a “younger, hotter candidate,” referring to Buttigieg.
The Fox News host then played a number of clips of political shows talking about the Indiana mayor, including someone saying that he was “chicken soup for my soul.”
“‘Chicken soup for my soul?’ Even by the naughty standards of the news media this is a new level of political commitment,” Carlson said. “They don’t just want to vote for this guy. They want to consume him like a hearty stew. Every last drop of Buttigieg. Yum. they’re all in.”
Carlson may have been criticizing the tone of coverage surrounding Buttigieg, who has been rising in recent 2020 Democrats polls, but many people online could not shake the way the Fox News host delivered the line about wanting to “consume” the presidential hopeful like a “hearty stew.”
I would like to file a restraining order against Tucker Carlson on behalf of Pete Buttigieg, please. https://t.co/RNJArDV5qC
— Sarah Slanders, Press Secretary. (@moonr0cks) April 17, 2019
What has Tucker Carlson been putting in his stews lately. #Buttigieg
— Coleman WGA Stander Ranahan (@colemanranahan) April 17, 2019
drinking a whole bottle of gin, trying to wipe my short term memory and forget tucker carlson saying “yumm” over pete buttigieg
— alex (@ghibliantrains) April 17, 2019
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) April 17, 2019
Carlson went on to criticize Buttigieg’s lack of policy beliefs on his website.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).