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Tucker Carlson: 'Contact child protective services' if you see kids wearing masks outdoors

Fox News host Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonOvernight Health Care: Biden announces 1M have enrolled in special ObamaCare sign-up period | Rand Paul clashes with Fauci over coronavirus origins | Biden vows to get 'more aggressive' on lifestyle benefits of vaccines McCarthy rental from Luntz violated condo rules: Washington Post Tucker Carlson's show does dramatic reading of Stacey Abrams romance novel MORE urged viewers late Tuesday to call child protective services and report the parents of children wearing masks outdoors.

"As for forcing children to wear masks outside, that should be illegal," Carlson said on his program. "Your response when you see children wearing masks as they play should be no different from your response to seeing someone beat a kid in Walmart. Call the police immediately, contact child protective services. Keep calling until someone arrives." 

Carlson also said that requiring children to wear masks while outdoors constitutes child abuse and that all Americans "are morally obligated to attempt to prevent it."

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"If it’s your own children being abused, then act accordingly. Let’s say your kid's school emailed you and announced that every day after lunch, your sixth-grader was going to get punched in the face by a teacher. How would you respond to that?" he asked. "That’s precisely how you should respond when they tell you that your kids have to wear masks on the soccer field. That is unacceptable, it is dangerous, and we should act like it because it is. But too few of us have responded like that. We have been shamefully passive in the face of all of this." 

Public health officials have acknowledged in recent weeks the lowered likelihood of coronavirus infection among vaccinated Americans who do not wear masks outdoors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the White House coronavirus task force have maintained all Americans should continue wearing masks while indoors.

All Americans 16 and older are now eligible for a coronavirus vaccination, the federal government announced last week, but health regulators have yet to approve a vaccine for widespread use among children. 

Carlson has downplayed the dangers of the coronavirus during the pandemic, especially among younger Americans, and questioned the science behind mask wearing, social distancing and other public health measures implemented by various state governments in an attempt to slow the spread of the highly contagious virus.

“Many schools that do plan to reopen will do so under a series of restrictions that have no basis of any kind in science. It’s kind of a bizarre health theater. Students will be kept six feet apart, everyone will have to wear a mask, class sizes will be limited,” Carlson said last July. 

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President BidenJoe Biden28 Senate Democrats sign statement urging Israel-Hamas ceasefire Franklin Graham says Trump comeback would 'be a very tough thing to do' Schools face new pressures to reopen for in-person learning MORE is expected this week to announce new guidance on mask wearing among vaccinated Americans while outdoors. 

On Sunday, Anthony FauciAnthony FauciSchools face new pressures to reopen for in-person learning Fauci: Coronavirus pandemic showed 'undeniable effects of racism in our society' Fauci: Vaccinated people become 'dead ends' for the coronavirus MORE, the nation's leading infectious diseases expert, called the likelihood of a vaccinated person contracting coronavirus while not wearing a mask outdoors "minuscule." 

"I think it's pretty common sense now that outdoor risk is really, really quite low, particularly — I mean, if you are a vaccinated person, wearing a mask outdoors, I mean, obviously, the risk is minuscule," Fauci said.

During his show late Tuesday, Carlson described mask wearing while outdoors among adults as a kind of partisan display of agreement with the Biden administration that should be outcast and shamed.

"The people making these demands don't own America," Carlson said. "They didn't build America. They can't build anything. They can't. And they're not allowed to wreck it."