Fox's Gretchen Carlson: "I'm all for free speech and free rights, just not on December 25th"

››› ››› CHRISTINE SCHWEN

On Fox & Friends, following co-host Steve Doocy's remark that "we've got to be tolerant of people who celebrate holidays in December, like Ramadan. ... [Y]ou've got to be tolerant of all people," co-host Gretchen Carlson declared: "I am tolerant. I'm all for free speech and free rights, just not on December 25th."

On the December 11 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends, following co-host Steve Doocy's remark that "we've got to be tolerant of people who celebrate holidays in December, like Ramadan. ... You've got to be tolerant of all people," co-host Gretchen Carlson declared: "I am tolerant. I'm all for free speech and free rights, just not on December 25th." Carlson's remark occurred during a discussion of a Washington state man's reported request to erect a pole at the state capitol to celebrate Festivus, the fictional holiday that originated on the NBC sitcom Seinfeld.

From the December 11 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:

STEVE DOOCY (co-host): The key is about Christmas, you know, this is a time to be tolerant of people of all religions, you know, go ahead --

CARLSON: Oh, please.

DOOCY: You don't want to be tolerant of people of other religions?

CARLSON: No. Of Festivus? No, there's about two people in the world.

DOOCY: Gretchen, Festivus is not a religion --

CARLSON: They're putting it up there.

DOOCY: -- it is a --

CARLSON: You're missing the point, it's a mockery --

DOOCY: It is a holiday.

CARLSON: -- of what 85 percent of the general public believes in.

DOOCY: We've got -- we've got to be tolerant of people who celebrate holidays in December, like Ramadan. We've got to be tolerant. You've got to be tolerant of all people.

CARLSON: I am tolerant. I'm all for free speech and free rights, just not on December 25th.

BRIAN KILMEADE (co-host): On Ramadan -- we stopped bombing on Ramadan --

DOOCY: Festivus is the 23rd.

KILMEADE: -- that was a salute, right?

CARLSON: I can't believe you guys. I'm going to say what I said yesterday. I can't believe you guys are defending this.

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