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Tucker Carlson Calls Buttigieg a ‘Slippery Demagogue’ Arguing For ‘No Limits at All to Abortion’

Tucker Carlson on Monday night joined the lineup of Fox News hosts panning Pete Buttigieg for his Fox News town hall, calling the 2020 candidate a “slippery demagogue” and misrepresenting his stance on abortion.

Airing a clip of the South Bend, Indiana mayor’s comments on abortion from his Sunday town hall with Chris Wallace, Carlson displayed a Trumpian graphic dubbing Buttigieg “RADICAL PETE.”

“Obviously he’s a slippery demagogue,” Carlson reacted, “but the point is the same: no limits whatsoever to the moment of birth.”

Carlson repeated that Buttigieg argued in his town hall that “there ought to be no limits at all to abortion.”

Buttigieg did not say there should be no limits to abortion. In fact, as shown in the very clip Carlson aired, he punted on the issue, saying women should decide what limits to place. Here’s the exchange between an audience member, Buttigieg and Wallace:

Audience member: What policies would you put in place to protect every woman’s, regardless of her zip code, right to have an abortion?

Buttigieg: I believe that the right of a woman to make her own decisions about her reproductive health and about her body is a national right. I believe it is an American freedom. And I believe that should be enjoyed by women in every state.

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Wallace: Do you believe, at any point in pregnancy… that there should be any limit on a woman’s right to an abortion?

Buttigieg: I think the dialogue has gotten so caught up on where you draw the line that we’ve gotten away from the fundamental question of who gets to draw the line, and I trust women to draw the line when it’s their own health.

Wallace: So just to be clear, you’re saying that you would be okay with a woman, well into the third trimester, deciding to abort a pregnancy.

Buttigieg: Look, these hypotheticals are usually set up in order to provoke a strong emotional —

Wallace: It’s not hypothetical, there are 6,000 women a year who get abortions in the third trimester.

Buttigieg: That’s right, representing less than 1 percent of cases. So let’s put ourselves in the shoes of a woman in that situation. If it’s that late in your pregnancy, then it’s almost by definition, you’ve been expecting to carry it to term. We’re talking about women who have perhaps chosen a name. Women who have purchased a crib, families that then get the most devastating medical news of their lifetime, something about the health or the life of the mother that forces them to make an impossible, unthinkable choice. And the bottom line is, as horrible as that choice is, that woman, that family may seek spiritual guidance, they may seek medical guidance, but that decision is not going to be made any better, medically or morally, because the government is dictating how that decision should be made.

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