Fox News host Tucker Carlson drew widespread condemnation on social media after comparing Jill Biden’s “Dr.” title to Dr. Pepper and disgraced entertainer Bill Cosby, who is serving a prison sentence for multiple rapes.
The incoming first lady, who has a doctorate in education, uses the title “Dr.” in her name. A Wall Street Journal column last week suggested she drop it, igniting a sexism controversy. Former first ladies Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton came to her defense.
That’s when Carlson jumped into the debate on his Fox News show Monday, mocking Biden for preferring the title even though she’s not a medical doctor.
“Dr. Jill Biden has the very same degree as Dr. Bill Cosby does, which is one degree from Dr. Pepper,” he said.
He later piled on with a similar diss: “Jill Biden is not a doctor, no. Maybe in the same sense Dr. Pepper is.”
Carlson’s soft drink barb and reference to a disgraced entertainer serving a prison sentence for indecent assault infuriated critics, with his name trending on social media late Tuesday. Some took the prime time personality to school.
Watch the video below (Carlson’s remarks on Dr. Biden start at the 3:00 mark.)