Tucker Carlson is not impressed by Jill Biden’s credentials.
The Fox News host weighed in on the controversy surrounding Biden’s doctoral degree, saying she’s a doctor “in the same sense Dr. Pepper is” and that she suffers from “status anxiety,” Breitbart reported.
“Drop the doc”
Author Joseph Epstein lit the fuse Friday with a caustic article in The Wall Street Journal calling on Jill Biden, who received a doctorate in education from the University of Delaware, to “drop the doc,” saying it “sounds and feels fraudulent, not to say a touch comic.”
Backlash came swiftly, with Biden’s defenders calling the author disrespectful and sexist. But critics of the backlash say it embodies what Carlson called the “status anxiety” of uptight liberal professionals.
On his show Monday night, Carlson said that the Biden’s doctorate “means basically nothing” and that she’s a doctor in the same sense as Dr. Pepper or disgraced comedian “Dr.” Bill Cosby.
“Jill Biden is not a doctor. No. Maybe in the same sense Dr. Pepper is,” Carlson said.
The Fox News host said that Jill got the degree because of “status anxiety” and read aloud a 2009 quote from Joe Biden admitting that Jill was “so sick of the mail coming to Senator and Mrs. Biden.”
“Threat to their entire system”
In his op-ed, Epstein argued that PhDs don’t carry the same weight that they used to thanks to an “erosion of seriousness” and a “relaxation of standards.”
As the controversy deepened, Epstein was removed from the website of Northwestern University, where he was a lecturer, and the university issued a statement blasting Epstein’s “misogyny, as a cross-section of the liberal elite joined in condemning him, from former First Lady Michelle Obama to The Washington Post.
The Wall Street Journal’s opinion editor, Paul Gigot, defended the piece and accused the media of using identity politics to close ranks around the Bidens and quash legitimate criticism.
Later in a conversation with contributor Lisa Boothe, Carlson said that the piece struck a nerve because it threatened to pull back the curtain on an elite class that is not as impressive as they want to appear.
“This is a threat to their entire system of credentialism,” he said.