- The Fox News host Tucker Carlson got angry on Tuesday after a guest corrected his pronunciation of Sen. Kamala Harris’ name.
- Richard Goodstein, an adviser to previous Democratic presidential campaigns, stopped Carlson and corrected his pronunciation.
- Carlson interrupted and said, “OK, so what?”
- Goodstein said that pronouncing her name correctly was the “bare minimum” of respect, to which Carlson objected.
- “So it begins: You’re not allowed to criticize Kamala Harris, or Kamala Harris, or whatever,” Carlson said.
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The Fox News host Tucker Carlson was furious after a guest corrected his pronunciation of Sen. Kamala Harris’ name on air on Tuesday.
Earlier Tuesday, Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, announced that Harris was his pick for vice president. Harris is the first woman of color and the first person of Indian descent to be nominated for national office by a major political party.
One of Carlson’s guests was Richard Goodstein, an adviser to previous Democratic presidential campaigns.
But Goodstein corrected Carlson’s pronunciation of her name.
“Tucker, can I just say one quick thing?” he said.
“Of course,” Carlson replied.
“Because this is something that will serve you and your fellow hosts on Fox: Her name is pronounced ‘comma’ – like the punctuation mark – ‘la.’ ‘Comma-la,'” Goodstein said.
“Seriously, I’ve heard every sort of bastardization of her-” he said, before Carlson interrupted: “OK, so what?”
You can see the moment here:
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Carlson tried to continue – but while Carlson laughed, Goodstein said, “Out of respect, for somebody who’s going to be on the national ticket, pronouncing her name right is actually kind of a bare minimum.”
“OK,” Carlson said, “so I’m disrespecting her by mispronouncing her name unintentionally. So it begins: You’re not allowed to criticize Kamala Harris, or Kamala Harris, or whatever.”
Goodstein shook his head and appeared to laugh. “No, it’s not whatever,” he said.
Carlson then implied that Goodstein had said Harris could not be criticized.
“I love the idea that she’s immune from criticism,” Carlson said. “So let me restate my question. Because on this show, nobody in power is immune from criticism. Our political leaders must be held to account.”