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Tucker Carlson mocks Jill Biden: She's a doctor 'in the same sense Dr Pepper is'

Fox News host Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonTucker Carlson bashes CNN, claims it's 'more destructive' than QAnon Former Trump officials eye bids for political office Jill Biden picks up where she left off MORE took aim at incoming first lady Jill BidenJill BidenCan a common bond of service unite our nation? Biden pledges support for Texas amid recovery from winter storm The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Senate ref axes minimum wage, House votes today on relief bill MORE on Monday evening, downplaying her doctoral degree in education amid the escalating controversy over whether she should use the prefix "Dr."

"Jill Biden is not a doctor, no," Carlson said on his nightly program. "Maybe in the same sense Dr Pepper is." 

He added Biden has the "same degree as Dr. Bill Cosby." 

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Biden, a community college teacher, earned a doctorate of education from the University of Delaware in 2007. 

An op-ed in The Wall Street Journal last week sparked backlash after it suggested Biden drop the "Dr." from her name, questioning her credentials. 

"A wise man once said that no one should call himself ‘Dr.’ unless he has delivered a child," Joseph Epstein wrote.

Critics slammed the piece as sexist and tone deaf, while the Journal's editors defended its publication. Biden herself responded to the article in a tweet on Sunday evening saying: "Together, we will build a world where the accomplishments of our daughters will be celebrated, rather than diminished." 

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Carlson, a frequent critic of President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden offers support to union organizing efforts Senate Democrats nix 'Plan B' on minimum wage hike Kavanaugh dismays conservatives by dodging pro-Trump election lawsuits MORE, mocked the incoming first lady, saying she is suffering from a "very serious case of status anxiety." 

Other conservative pundits and critics of the Bidens made similar comments over the weekend and on Monday, suggesting Biden is engaged in "selective outrage" or was being egotistical when it comes to her title. 

Several of Biden's close allies came to her defense following the editorial's publishing, including former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaO.T. Fagbenle to play Barack Obama in Showtime anthology 'The First Lady' Gillian Anderson to play Eleanor Roosevelt in series on first ladies Obama, Springsteen launch eight-episode podcast MORE and the husband of Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBrown vows Democrats will 'find a way' to raise minimum wage Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson vs. Donald Trump: A serious comparison Exclusive: How Obama went to bat for Warren MORE