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Chris Hayes Trolls Tucker Carlson On Instagram After The Fox Host Insulted His Masculinity

Last night, Fox News host Tucker Carlson opened his show by offering some trenchant analysis of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s recent town hall with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes. Carlson called Ocasio-Cortez a “moron,” “nasty,” “awful” and mocked Hayes’ masculinity.

“Chris Hayes is what every man would be if feminists ever achieved absolute power in this country: apologetic, bespectacled, and deeply, deeply concerned about global warming and the patriarchal systems that cause it,” Tucker Carlson said. He later compared Hayes to Ellen Degeneres, saying “It looks like Ellen—kind of a fusion show.”

Whew, alright there’s plenty to unpack here (mostly for Carlson’s therapist), but suffice it to say that Carlson’s suggestion that Hayes isn’t masculine because he’s an empathetic, glasses-wearing wonk who’s smart enough to be concerned about climate change says less about Hayes’ masculinity than Carlson’s insecurity in his own.

Carlson has expressed similar fears of emasculation by powerful women in the past. In interviews with shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge unearthed by Media Matters, Carlson—on multiple occasions—voiced his castration anxiety when contemplating a possible Hillary Clinton presidency.

“Now, if [Clinton] were to get real power—let’s say she were to get absolute power, how long do you think it would take before she castrated you?” Carlson wondered. Days later he said, “Now the problem with Hillary is you look at Hillary and you know in your heart that if she could castrate you, she would.”

So obviously, Carlson and his ridiculously immature ideas about what constitutes a “masculine” man got roasted on Twitter.

And plenty of people agreed that Carlson’s characterization of men under an imagined matriarchy was… pretty good!

For his part, Hayes weighed in on Carlson’s comments on his Instagram story with a video of himself engaged in the traditionally masculinist pursuit of weight lifting.


“Every quarter the Feminarchist Junta requires all adult males to present themselves for a fitness inspection. Failure to pass results in summary execution,” Hayes wrote.

R.I.P. Tucker Carlson, I guess.

h/t: Daily Beast, Media Matters