Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Friday night became confused about commodity prices and taxes, humiliating himself on his own show as he attempted to paint Democrats as “hypocrites” for favoring a light tax on oil when it was at low rates during the Obama administration while criticizing President Trump for the soaring gas prices triggered by his decision to scrap the Iran nuclear deal.
The conservative host opened by conceding that “there are probably things that you could say about President Trump’s performance that are negative” but said that gas prices are not one of them because Democrats had favored a small tax on the commodity.
His guest, Chris Hahn, immediately pointed out that Trump himself had criticized President Obama for high gas prices. “Gas prices are at crazy levels–fire Obama!” Trump tweeted in 2012.
“What kind of sick person do you have to be to attack someone for doing what you’re calling for us to do?” Carlson asked. “It’s in the Democratic platform!”
Hahn replied by brilliantly explaining the difference between taxes and commodity prices to the confused host.
“They’re calling for a useful tax to help go to other projects, while right now we’re just throwing out money away to the Middle East and other places,” Hahn explained.
Carlson became even more confused about Obama’s Iran deal, which is what caused gas prices to rise, which Carlson falsely said that Democrats opposed. Democrats, in fact, blocked a Republican effort to undermine the deal at the time.
“It’s having an effect that they agree with—it’s all so dishonest it’s mind-boggling” Carlson claimed.
“They have not called for higher commodity prices,” Hahn said, almost in disbelief. “That’s just not the case.”
“You guys have a lot of hutzpah, I’ll give you that,” Carlson said.
Watch the exchange below, via Fox News.