Carlson said the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, was the new media darling, replacing former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), who also is running for president after a failed Senate bid last year.
“They’ve left you for a younger, hotter candidate,” Carlson said. “They split with some guy from Indiana, you can’t even pronounce the guy’s name.”
Then, Carlson played a montage of media clips praising Buttigieg.
“This guy is chicken soup for my soul,” said MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace. She was, of course, referring to the bestselling series of inspirational books.
But Carlson seemed to take it literally:
Chicken soup for my soul? Even by the naughty standards of the news media, this is a new level of political commitment. They don’t just want to vote for this guy. They want to consume him, like a hearty stew. Every last drop of Buttigieg. Yum! They’re all in.
His comments took on a life of their own on Twitter:
So i may have gone and done a thing. I really hope its… [puts on sunglasses] a swansong. pic.twitter.com/q0aje7jsEX
— 💮Yerk Toader💮 (@Die_Weiss_Rose) April 17, 2019
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) April 17, 2019
Is Tucker Carlson ok? pic.twitter.com/4hUsLAOC2Y
— jordan (@JordanUhl) April 17, 2019
My laptop just got slapped with a restraining order *and* a court-ordered sex offender registry for playing this.
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) April 17, 2019
we do not like Buttigieg either but this is proof that not going on Tucker's show was a good idea"Senator Gravel, you remind me of a hearty stew. I want to consume you" https://t.co/dR2tFrZsND
— Mike Gravel (@MikeGravel) April 17, 2019
… i literally don't even know what's ever going on anymore ever. pic.twitter.com/gaDTi886FJ
— fake nick ramsey (@nick_ramsey) April 17, 2019
drinking a whole bottle of gin, trying to wipe my short term memory and forget tucker carlson saying “yumm” over pete buttigieg
— alex (@ghibliantrains) April 17, 2019
What has Tucker Carlson been putting in his stews lately. #Buttigieg
— Coleman WGA Stander Ranahan (@colemanranahan) April 17, 2019
Tucker talking about Buttigieg pic.twitter.com/aIzGsBHuMF
— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) April 17, 2019
Tucker Carlson is having a stroke over Pete Buttigieg. pic.twitter.com/z76b5zEVDB
— Greg Sarafan, Esq (@GSarafan) April 17, 2019
I think it’s pretty clear Tucker is going to eat Pete Buttigieg