On "Tucker Carlson Tonight," Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson bids farewell to Adam Kinzinger, one of his "favorite members of Congress."
Carlson said he would like to "take a moment to say goodbye to one of our all-time favorite members of Congress, Mr. Adam Kinzinger of Kankakee, Illinois, ladies and gentlemen."
"Kinzinger was first elected to the House 12 years ago, and for the bulk of his time in office, he served utterly without distinction, in virtual anonymity. A few of his constituents had heard of him, but none expressed interest in learning more. Then in 2018 came the transformation. That was the year that Adam Kinzinger turned 40 and things began to change inside of him," the Fox host said.
"The first signs were subtle but unmistakable: choking up at a car insurance commercial, opening an Instagram account and posting pictures of himself, wearing spandex bike shorts to Starbucks without shame and sometimes, with a fanny pack. By 2021, Kinzinger had a full-blown case of male menopause with all the familiar, painful symptoms: mood swings, hot flashes, food cravings, uncontrollable weeping," Carlson went on.
The primetime news host went in for the proverbial kill, saying that a weaker man would have changed his pronouns, transitioned in secret, and withdrawn from public life, but Adam Kinzinger took a different route. He decided to set an example. Adam Kinzinger bravely stepped out of the closet as a weeping man on July 27, 2021, because he wanted other middle-aged men to know there is life after hormonal imbalance. You may have vivid memories of it.
Carlson shared a portion of the lawmaker's comments when he said, "I never expected today to be quite as emotional for me as it has been, but you guys won. You guys held. You know, democracies are not defined by our bad days."
Switching back to his own commentary, the host said, "Imagine the courage that took. 'Yes, I am emotionally incontinent. Yes, I am utterly irrational. No, I will not be silent.'
"In Washington, Kinzinger's performance was considered deeply inspirational. Here's a man who has no control of himself at all, so we'd better put him in charge of important things. Kinzinger quickly became regarded as an essential voice on foreign policy. When the world hangs in the balance, you want a guy who cries a lot.
"For his part, Kinzinger demonstrated a remarkable ability to make any situation on the planet, no matter how complex or weighty, all about him: diplomacy by narcissism. Here he was yesterday on the House floor in his final, yes, emotion-laden address."
Kinzinger went on to say, "History has proven that American isolation from the world affairs is dangerous. Over the years, I've been privileged to lead the effort on supporting American leadership in a world drowning in faux strongmen, advocating for the rights of Syrian men, women and children to live without fear of Assad's death squads shouldn't be political. This is simply the right thing to do. Advocating for stronger American assistance in Ukraine to counter Putin's illegal invasion shouldn't be political. That's just the right thing to do."
Carlson cut back in saying, "Yeah, it's just the right thing to do. See, the world actually isn't complicated. In fact, the world is simple. It's like an original, made-for-TV movie on Lifetime, the kind where you burn through two bags of Skinny Pop just trying to keep your tears in check. If Adam Kinzinger is doing something in a foreign country with guns, by definition, it's "just the right thing to do," like in Syria. Kinzinger's often expressed concern for Syria's men, women and children is what matters and because that concern matters so much, Kinzinger has pushed hard to continue the neocon proxy war in Syria.
"Results? Syria now has no economy left and there's a massive cholera outbreak in progress. Men, women, and children are dying in huge numbers because it's just the right thing to do. Same in Ukraine.
"Kinzinger made that clear the other day when he responded personally to a Twitter account called 'Catturd' because when you're one of Washington's leading authorities on foreign policy, you spend a lot of time on Twitter reading accounts with names like 'Catturd,'" Carlson said.
"So, the other day, 'Catturd' made the mistake of posting a meme that seemed to mock the colors of the Ukrainian flag, colors that are sacred to Adam Kinzinger and every other empathetic soccer mom in her mid-40s," the host went on. "You can imagine how offensive that was. It was like telling an off-color joke about Meghan Markle. It could not stand — and so alone and battling debilitating hot flashes in this kitchen, fighting the urge to open yet another bag of Chips Ahoy!, Adam Kinzinger fought back. "Literal evil," he wrote in a late-night response to 'Catturd.' 'If I met you in person, it would not end well... for you. Sicko.'"