The rightwing Fox News host Tucker Carlson spoke at the funeral of Ralph “Sonny” Barger, the longtime president of the Hells Angels motorcycle club, in Stockton, California, on Saturday.
The Department of Justice (DoJ) considers the Hells Angels to be linked to organised crime.
According to one justice department study, although Barger “describe[d] the organisation as ‘a bunch of fun-loving guys who just ride motorcycles’ … research data show that the Hells Angels are involved in murder; the manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine; the distribution of cocaine, heroin, and marijuana; the purchase and sale of firearms; and other criminal activities.”
Tucker Swanson McNear Carlson, the son of a media executive who married an heiress to the Swanson frozen dinner empire, attended a private school in Rhode Island and Trinity College, a liberal arts college in Hartford, Connecticut.
At Barger’s funeral, wearing a blue button-down shirt and chinos, he described to the assembled bikers what he said was the biker leader’s credo: “Stand tall, stay loyal, remain free and always value honor.”
He asked: “Is there a phrase that sums up more perfectly what I want to be, what I aspire to be, and the kind of man I respect?”
Carlson also said Joe Biden “should be saying” Barger’s words “every single morning as he salutes the flag”.
Fox News did not immediately respond to a request for comment.