Right-wing TV host and bow tie enthusiast Tucker Carlson says that controversial TikTok star Andrew Tate would have been branded a “hero” if he’d abandoned his social media-based endeavors and instead launched a fraudulent FTX-themed crypto or perpetrated a “massive financial crime.”
The comments — a clear dig at disgraced former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried — came during an episode of Carlson’s Tucker on Twitter chat show on Wednesday. During the episode, Carlson and the disgraced former kickboxer discussed topics including Tate’s time in a Romanian jail, his conversion to Islam, and, predictably, ‘The Matrix.’
During the sometimes-unhinged two-and-a-half-hour upload, he also compared himself to men who died on the Titanic and described how he requested a woman outside the jail play him Is This Love by Whitesnake from her car.
However, the controversial comments didn’t come from Tate alone. When delving into allegations of human trafficking against Tate and his alleged use of TikTok, Carlson said:
“Wouldn’t it just have been easier to commit a massive financial crime and defraud people of billions? Come up with a fake cryptocurrency, call it like, I don’t know, FTX? Or just give a name to it? Steal billions. Get your parents involved and buy a bunch of real estate in the Bahamas, and then like, you’d be sort of a hero, right?”
Tate responded, “I would certainly have a lot more money than with TikTok. I don’t know if TikTok even pays you for views, and if it does, I never got a single transaction from it.”
He also claims that had he been accused of a financial crime rather than human trafficking, rape, and organized crime, he would have been viewed in a much more favorable light.
Tate, his brother Tristan, and two other associates were arrested in December 2022 after a call was made to the US embassy in Romania, reporting that two women had been forced to create content for TikTok and OnlyFans. Tate has denied the claims.