Fox News host Tucker Carlson said Tuesday evening on his show that homeless people in the United States are destroying the nuclear family and should be banished from the country.

According to Media Matters, Carlson went on an extended rant in which he blamed homelessness for everything that’s wrong in society:

“Politicians are making it much easier to be a homeless drug addict in the United States and much harder to be a law-abiding member of the middle class. What’s the effect? Well, let’s see, the middle-class is dying and we now have record numbers of drug-addicted vagrants. What does that tell you? It tells you that incentives work.

“If you destroy the nuclear family, which they have, if you decriminalize drugs, which they have, if you hand out tents and needles to addicts, what do you think is going to happen? You’re going to get more addicts living in tents. Again, it’s not complicated. This is not a vexing public policy question that requires the Brookings Institution to investigate. It’s not like fixing Social Security.”

But that was just the beginning of what Carlson had to say, insisting that if someone can’t get a job, they need to leave and not come back:

“And the solution is as simple as the problem. Here’s the solution, stop putting up with it. Say no. No, you can’t smoke meth in the park. You’re not allowed to crap on the sidewalk. Pull up your pants and get the hell out of here. Go somewhere with lower standards. Head for a place where politicians don’t care about their people, because we do care and that’s why we’re hauling your tent to a landfill and cutting off your checks today.

“You are a drug addict. Get a job or leave. This is our city, you are not allowed to wreck it, you didn’t build it.”


Carlson conveniently neglected to mention that the vast majority of homeless Americans don’t use drugs and a significant number of them are veterans. Should people who served this country be forced to leave if they can’t find an affordable place to live?

Here’s some other facts Carlson didn’t bother to mention, courtesy of PolicyAdvice:

  • 20% are of homeless in the U.S. are children ― 42% of whom identify as LGBTQ
  • 39.8% are black
  • 25% of the homeless have mental health issues

It didn’t take long before Twitter lit up with anger directed at the Fox host:

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