Tucker Carlson's Laugh Sparks The Joker Comparisons

Fox News host Tucker Carlson laughing.
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In the wake of the guilty verdict against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the murder trial of George Floyd, Fox News host Tucker Carlson let out a curious laugh while speaking with former New York City corrections official Ed Gavin, The Independent reported.

The laugh drew significant degree of attention on social media, where many compared the host's cackle to the Batman villain The Joker.

"Tucker Carlson started laughing like the Joker, threw his own guest off the air, and then proceeded to spew conspiracy theories about his own high school yearbook, if you’re wondering how his night is going," tweeted Palmer Report.

Carlson's Comment Came Amid Criticism Of Derek Chauvin

Carlson's laugh came amid his discussion with Gavin, who was critical of the use of force Chauvin deployed against Floyd, who was murdered in police custody.

“I just think it was excessive,” Gavin said.

Afterward, Carlson interrupted Gavin and noted that Chauvin would likely spend the rest of his life behind bars.

"So, I’m kind of more worried about the rest of the country, which, thanks to police inaction, in case you haven’t noticed, is like boarded up," he continued.

The Fox News host laughed afterward before cutting the interview short.

Carlson Claimed The Chauvin Jurors Were Intimidated

Tucker Carlson at Politicon.
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According to Carlson, the jury in the Chauvin trial was intimidated to find the former police officer guilty of murdering Floyd.

Per The Hill, Carlson said the jury understood there would be "consequences" if Chauvin was acquitted.

“After nearly a year of burning, looting, and murder by BLM [Black Lives Matter], that was never in doubt."

The Fox News host underlined that Los Angeles police preemptively blocked roads in anticipation of protests and rioting.

"No mob has the right to destroy our cities. Not under any circumstances, not for any reason.," he later said.

 

Carlson's Laugh Has Made Headlines Before

It's not the first time Carlson's laugh has raised eyebrows. 

Washington Examiner reporter Daniel Chaitin previously spotlighted the commentator's "sinister laugh" during a segment on a recorded conversation CNN’s Chris Cuomo and longtime Trump fixer Michael Cohen.

As reported by Newsweek, the audio tape featured a person who is alleged to be Cuomo discussing the media's purportedly false allegations against him.

The Fox News host noted that Cuomo often makes "moral lectures" on his program when people do not meet his moral standards.

Others Were Also Displeased With The Chauvin Verdict

Carlson is not alone in his apparent dismay at the Chauivin verdict. 

As reported by Newsweek, Ben Shapiro is among the other conservative commentators who have voiced displeasure with the murder charges against the former Minneapolis police officer.

According to Shapiro, Chauvin should have been convicted of manslaughter. While Shapiro contended that the evidence supported a conviction, he argued against the notion that race played a role in Floyd's death.

As The Inquisitr reported, Shapiro previously claimed the prosecution had significant problems in its case.