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

Fox News host Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonBiden walks fine line with Fox News Fox News: 'Entirely unacceptable' for 'NSA to unmask Tucker Carlson' GOP's Banks burnishes brand with Pelosi veto MORE took aim at incoming first lady Jill BidenJill BidenUS athletes chant 'Dr. Biden' as first lady cheers swimmers Jill Biden watches Olympic basketball with France's Macron The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Goldman Sachs - Tokyo Olympics kick off with 2020-style opening ceremony 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 BidenTrump hails Arizona Senate for audit at Phoenix rally, slams governor Republicans focus tax hike opposition on capital gains change Biden on hecklers: 'This is not a Trump rally. Let 'em holler' 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 ObamaPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Jill Biden takes starring role at difficult Olympics Obama to adapt memoir 'Dreams From My Father' for young readers MORE and the husband of Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisKavanaugh conspiracy? Demands to reopen investigation ignore both facts and the law 'CON laws' limit the health care competition Biden aims to deliver JD Vance takes aim at culture wars, childless politicians MORE