Fox News personality Tucker Carlson and former ESPN journalist Jason Whitlock drew criticism Friday for an exchange about the brutal hammer attack that hospitalized Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), last week.
Whitlock, who now works for conservative outlet The Blaze, expressed faux indignation on behalf of Nancy Pelosi before alluding to a baseless conspiracy theory that the Friday assault at the couple’s San Francisco home, which left her husband requiring surgery for a fractured skull, was the result of an argument with a gay lover.
Carlson said he couldn’t “confirm or deny” the suggestion.
Whitlock then repeated the baseless claim again.
The conversation was “just pure unvarnished misogyny and homophobia,” said journalist Aaron Rupar, who shared footage of their comments on Twitter.
Whitlock, however, took to the platform to make light of the criticism, referring to the segment as “comedy.”
But many disagreed, with Bakari Sellers, a Democratic former lawmaker from South Carolina, and others slamming it as “disgusting.”