Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to reflect that HHS has announced that it will no longer pay for pipes as part of Harm Reduction Grant smoking kits.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson mocked a $30 million HHS grant program that includes items like crack pipes, suggesting President Biden’s son Hunter never needed such donations because he smoked “in style.”
Washington’s free lighthouse first reported about the “Harm Reduction Program Grant” on Monday, with a spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) telling the news outlet that “smoking kits” for crack and methamphetamine will be provided as a means of promoting the “racial equity.”
Additionally, the Free Beacon writes, underserved communities will prioritize participants, which include African-Americans and “LGBTQ+ people.”
The communities are arranged in more detail in the president’s “Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity,” signed on Biden’s first day in office.
Fox News reports that an HHS spokesperson fired the Free Beacon report as misinformation “but did not explicitly deny the report.”
Readers can see the grant for themselveswhich includes a list of items to buy for “harm reduction” purposes, such as smoking kits, syringes, HIV test kits and more.
Holy s#%t. @TuckerCarlson He began by saying: “When Hunter Biden smokes crack, he does it with style… it’s new crack pipes for everyone!” 🔥🔥🔥
— @Matthew “WHO DEY” Betley 🐅🐅🐅 (@MatthewBetley) February 9, 2022
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Tucker blows up grant
Tucker Carlson was absolutely critical of the grant program and joked about President Biden’s son, Hunter.
“You will remember that on his first day in office more than a year ago, the new president explained that fairness will require determination and creativity,” Carlson segment started.
🚨HHS confirms that the Biden Administration is funding the distribution of crack pipes.
They call it “harm reduction.”
The rest of us call it insanity. https://t.co/UjRfyN6Eo3
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) February 8, 2022
“With this new show, Joe Biden will finally close the crack gap,” the Fox host continued. “For too long in America, quality crack pipes have been the domain of wealthy white men like so much else.”
He then shared an image of Hunter Biden “smoking crack in bed at the Four Seasons.”
He poked fun at Hunter’s “beautifully designed custom crack pipe” and “high thread count Egyptian cotton sheets”.
“When Hunter Biden smokes crack, he does it with style,” Carlson deadpanned. “But not everyone in this country is so lucky.”
Tucker Carlson says Democrats don’t care about the opioid crisis because it kills off the demographic that doesn’t vote for them. pic.twitter.com/iqnsoRLAqg
– nikki mccann ramírez (@NikkiMcR) February 9, 2022
Marsha Blackburn demands answers
Hunter Biden’s crack addiction had reached such a point that he admitted in his book that he smoked just about anything, including “parmesan cheese.”
In an interview with CBS Sunday Morning before the release of his memoir, the young Biden joked, “I probably smoked more Parmesan cheese than anyone you know.”
“I spent more time on my hands and knees rummaging through rugs smoking anything remotely resembling crack.” he said.
Hunter Biden Smoked More Parmesan Cheese Than Anyone You Know pic.twitter.com/0T4J2S8647
– P. G. Howie (@pghowie3) April 5, 2021
Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) demands answers about reports that HHS plans to use taxpayer funds to distribute crack pipes.
in a letter to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, Blackburn expressed his “serious concerns.”
“Government funded drug paraphernalia is a slap in the face to communities and first responders fighting drugs coming into our country from a wide open southern border,” he wrote.
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) February 8, 2022
“If this is the president’s plan to address drug abuse, our nation is in deep trouble,” Blackburn added.
She gave HHS until March 1 to clarify whether they are in fact authorizing the distribution of drug paraphernalia using taxpayer money.
***UPDATE — HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra launched an ad clarifying that they would no longer use federal funds for pipes, stating in part:
“HHS and ONDCP are focused on using our resources wisely to reduce harm and save lives. Accordingly, no federal funding will be used directly or through subsequent reimbursement from dealers to place pipes in safe smoking kits. The goal of harm reduction is to save lives.”