Tucker Carlson got a heated debate with Democrat Jehmu Greene over Planned Parenthood funding on his show Friday night, so heated that the debate became a shouting match several times.
Carlson began the segment by explaining President Donald Trump’s recent proposal to Planned Parenthood: that if the organization would stop providing abortion, then he would have no problems giving the organization its $500 million in taxpayer funds each year.
Planned Parenthood has said they aren’t interested in the proposal because they want to continue providing abortions. So that led Carlson to wonder a simple question: If Planned Parenthood’s services are so vital to women, and if abortions make up a tiny percent of their business — like they claim — why aren’t they willing to stop providing abortions so they can continue to collect tax payer funding?
Carlson directed that question to Greene — who refused to answer it.
“Why are abortions to important to Planned Parenthood, if the rest of what they do is more important, why not just give up the abortions, everyone will be happy, they can continue to do the cancer screenings,” Carlson pressed. “Why won’t they do that?”
“Tucker, abortions are a legal medical procedure in this country and that’s something you’re just gonna have to reckon with,” Greene responded.
The two went back and forth as Carlson asked his question again but Greene continued to deflect.
“You’re not going to answer my question, are you,” Carlson asked.
Greene then began to imply that Carlson’s question was sexist.
“Answer this question Tucker: Why is it that you’re so against big government on every issue except for when it comes to my uterus and my vagina,” she said. “Can you imagine if the government would say, ‘Lets legislate your penis.’ That’s not ever something that will be allowed by you or any of your male counterparts and it’s time that we get past this issue.”
Carlson seemed upset after those comments and tried to ask his question again, but Greene kept talking over him, while alleging that 70 percent of the nation supports abortions and 50 percent of Trump supporters support Planned Parenthood.
“You’re wrong,” Carlson bluntly told Greene, as she began to spout of talking points about how Planned Parenthood provides vital services to women like cancer screenings while still avoiding Carlson’s question of why Planned Parenthood won’t stop providing abortions if the abortions are so unimportant to their services.
“How many mammograms did they provide last year?” Carlson asked Greene.
She couldn’t answer.
“Alright, I give up,” Carlson finally said. “Get back to me on the mammogram question.”