Fox News Host Under Fire for Citing FLDS Leader Jeff's Marriages to Underage Girls
SAN ANGELO, TX -- Popular Fox News Host Tucker Carlson is under fire for refusing to apologize for comments he made years ago about underage marriages arranged by former Fundamental Latter Day Saints (FLDS) leader Warren Jeffs at the Yearning for Zion Ranch near Eldorado, TX.
Carlson said in 2009, "I am not defending underage marriage at all -- I just don't think it's the same thing exactly as pulling a child from a bus stop and sexually assaulting that child...The rapist in this case has made a lifelong commitment to live and take care of the person so it is a little different. I mean, let's be honest about that."
The left wing advocacy group Media Matters published a YouTube video with a compilation of Carlson's remarks (NSFW):
Cult leader Warren Jeffs was at one time one of the FBI's ten most wanted fugitives. Jeffs was eventually captured and convicted on two counts of sexual assault of a child in 2011 and is serving life plus 20 years in prison. He was tried in District Court in Tom Green County by Judge Barbara Walther and over 400 women and children were taken from the YFZ ranch near Eldorado and were sheltered at Ft. Concho in San Angelo.
While in prison, Jeffs wrote to every elected official in Tom Green County urging them to release him from prison.
Carlson said, "Anyone who disagrees with my views is welcome to come on and explain why." in a statement following the release of the audio clips by Media Matters, an organization that brags it "Exposes Right-Wing Lies" on their website.
Update: Tucker Carlson is fighting back. Here's what he said on his show Monday evening:
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) March 12, 2019