Carlson Dismisses Fears About New COVID Mask Mandates

As cases of COVID-19 have crept up in recent weeks, a number of private businesses and institutions have begun to once again require face masks. Thus far, there has been no indication that the Biden administration is considering implementing a federal mandate of any sort, but some on the right are already anticipating such a proposal.

For his part, however, former Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson is certain that the current administration has learned its lesson from the public backlash to prior heavy-handed pandemic restrictions.

“They’re not going to do COVID again,” he said during an interview with podcast host Adam Carolla. “I know everyone on the right’s afraid they’re going to do COVID and mask mandates. They’re not going to do that. They can’t do that. If they’ve already been exposed, that won’t work.”

Although that might be reassuring to some of Biden’s critics, Carlson made it clear that he believes President Joe Biden would do anything he believes would help him win a second term in the White House.

“If your goal is to maintain power … once you start indicting your political opponents, you know you have to win, or else they’re going to indict you if they win,” he said in reference to the multiple indictments against 2024 Republican primary front-runner Donald Trump. “So, they can’t lose. They will do anything to win.”

That desperation could result in drastic measures by the president, Carlson warned.

“What are they going to do?” he asked. “They’re going to go to war with Russia. There will be a hot war between the United States and Russia in the next year. … I don’t think we’ll win it.”

Wartime presidents have historically been granted a second term in office, and Carlson seems to believe that Democrats are willing to sink the U.S. into a potentially devastating conflict in order to capitalize on that precedent.

“As a political matter, they need to assume war footing,” he concluded. “I would bet my house on it: We are going to war with Russia.”

In the meantime, he indicated that the nation’s only hope lies in the GOP-led House of Representatives, urging like-minded Americans to “put as much pressure as you can” on Republican lawmakers to “force peace” between Russia and Ukraine.