“Conservative” hero Tucker Carlson cannot contain his glee announcing the resignation of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. She is, of course, anathema to MAGA-Republicans because while Trump floundered, she successfully lead New Zealand through the first and most dangerous phase of the pandemic with strict public health measures. The measure of her success can be seen clearly in the following:
Deaths per million of population through January 19th, 2023. . .
USA (3,258) New Zealand (469)
Achieving such a massive saving of life required public health policies that “conservatives” hate including masking, social distancing, quarantine of cases, and mandatory vaccinations. She is therefore fair game for Tucker. According to him she is a “totalitarian,” “an appalling abuser of human rights,” and a “puppet of the Chinese government.” Even worse she is the “lady with the big teeth.”
Here is a sample of Tucker’s presentation. A technique he uses again and again. Outrageous slanders disguised as questions . . .
“What are the chances she was a puppet of the Chinese government? We don’t have enough evidence to prove that, but we would rate that as about 100% likely.”
Enough evidence? You don’t have ANY evidence! Left out of this “analysis” is why China would give a rat’s ass about New Zealand’s covid policy. Of course, Tucker knows his audience and the accusation of a link to “Chy-Na” without evidence is all he needs. They will absorb the slander without thinking or asking obvious questions.
It is certainly reasonable to challenge New Zealand’s priorities and policies but it is worth noting that if our government had achieved the same level of mortality that they did, approximately 940,000 lives could have been saved. Before you ask – the age demographics of NZ are very similar to ours with 16% over 65 versus our 17%.