Fox Newsâ€™ prime-time peddler of vaccine skepticism used Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr.â€™s depiction of ID card fraud as a â€œserious crimeâ€ for his jumping-off point. (Vance announced forgery charges this week in a COVID-19 card conspiracy involving several health care workers.)
â€œBuying a fake vaccination card is not a, quote, â€˜serious crime,â€™â€ Carlson said. â€œItâ€™s not even close to a serious crime. Buying a fake vaccination card is an act of desperation by decent, law-abiding Americans who have been forced into a corner by tyrants.â€
â€œYou know whatâ€™s a serious crime?â€ the host continued. â€œForcing Americans to take drugs they donâ€™t need or want. Thatâ€™s a very serious crime. And letâ€™s hope, in the end, someone is punished for it, severely.â€
Fake vaccination cards have been proliferating as entertainment venues, businesses and workplaces mandate proof of immunization. Carlson has been tirading against those public health measures, falsely claiming the vaccines are ineffective.
Carlsonâ€™s latest commentary was rich with hypocrisy. He said unvaccinated people who bought the forged COVID cards risked their careers to â€œreserve their right to bodily autonomy.â€ ButÂ he defended Texasâ€™ new extreme abortion ban, which strips women of their rights.