American University students are pushing to “fire” trustee Gary Cohn, who donates loads of money to the institution, after he met with President-elect Donald Trump.
One of those students, Gray Leonard, appeared on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Monday to defend the controversial position — and it seemed like he bit off a little more than he could chew. Carlson relentlessly and calmly grilled Leonard on his positions, asking him to analyze and defend them with his own logic.
“Your complaint in this case seems to be that he met with Donald Trump,” Carlson said. “I wonder if that’s a crime, and should it be?”
Leonard said meeting with Trump shouldn’t be a crime, but Cohn speaking with Trump proves a “conflict of interest.” He also claimed the meeting somehow proves tuition is going to continue to increase and force students into lifelong debt.
Carlson said, “Again, I agree with what you’re saying on the one hand. But on the other, tuitions have risen through eight years of the Obama administration. Trump isn’t even president yet, and I don’t think you would be protesting someone who met with Obama.”
The host continued:
“It looks a little like McCarthyism — I don’t know if they teach you that in school. But that’s the idea that associating with someone is the same as sharing his views. Al Gore met today with Donald Trump, you’re not protesting Al Gore.”
Leonard accused Carlson of “simplifying” the issue too much and went on to criticize Cohn of not listening to students and having ties to Goldman Sachs.
Later in the segment, there’s a highly entertaining exchange in which Carlson presses the student on whether he has a “moral” obligation to set an example based on his views about the environment and fossil fuels.