Tucker Carlson has once again scoffed at Jill Biden’s title, mocking the incoming first lady’s educational accomplishments and disparaging her husband, President-elect Joe Biden.
Two days later The Tucker Carlson tonight Anchor said she called herself Dr. Called Jill Biden because of “status anxiety” and likened her honorary title to “Dr Pepper,” he delivered a seven-minute monologue on the theme Wednesday.
With what appeared to be his tongue in his cheek, Carlson described an elaborate scenario in which a patient on the brink of death does not receive treatment from a medical professional, but instead gets a ‘slideshow on ethnic diversity at Delaware’s community college system ‘, referring to the topic of Jill Biden’s thesis.
Carlson claimed to have read the “embarrassing” thesis, said it had “typos all over” and accused her of being “borderline illiterate.”
“Jill Biden’s dissertation is our national disgrace,” he said, before claiming that there were passages with numerical errors. Perhaps he acknowledged that he had gone too far and added, “OK, we’re cruel there.”
Carlson described how the criticism of her desire to use the title was perceived by other media as misogynist.
He continued, “They tell you no one would ever call a man stupid. Okay, that’s wrong. We call Dr. Jill’s husband stupid all the time.
“In fact, we’re going to get completely feminist here and admit that Dr. Jill is a lot smarter than the man she married. Not that it says much,” he added, concluding that using such a tribute “a class thing,” that’s “based on credentials like Dr. Jill Biden’s.”
Newsweek has reached out to the Biden transition team for comment.
Debate over her use of the title then flared up this week The Wall Street Journal published an opinion piece by Joseph Epstein, a former English teacher at Northwestern University. The article, which referred to Jill Biden as ‘Kiddo’, stated that she should drop the honorary title for being an Ed.D. has a PhD in education.
The New York Times reported that women thought the play “blatantly sexist and symbolic of the way many men question or belittle women’s credentials.”
Epstein’s former employer distanced himself from his WSJ piece, with a statement saying that it “is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, and completely disagrees with Mr. Epstein’s misogynistic views.”
The president-elect’s communications director, Kate Bedingfield, called the op-ed “ patronizing, sexist, elitist banter. ”