's show on Friday took a break from peddling white supremacist rhetoric and sowing doubt about COVID-19 vaccines
by attacking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
with a chicken segment.
, a self-described "chicken enthusiast" and former "Bachelor" contestant, joined the Fox News
host in her criticism of the CDC
's new guidelines for limiting Salmonella outbreaks in backyard poultry.
“Don’t kiss or cuddle backyard poultry, and don’t eat or drink near them,” the CDC warned on Thursday, “as this can spread Salmonella germs to your mouth and make you sick.”
“Now that begs the question, who are these chicken touchers out there that the CDC is concerned about?” Carlson began the segment. “We're not judging as we ask. Are there people
in this country who snuggle chickens?”
Soleim, who was holding a chicken in her arms, was then introduced by Carlson.
“Does it feel like the CDC has singled you out for criticism?” Carlson inquired.
“I'm not a huge fan of it because I've been handling chickens since I was about 4 years old, and I've been kissing them, snuggling them, shoving my face in them and I'm fine, people around me are fine, and I don't see a problem with it,” Soleim responded.
Soleim, who owns 30 birds, later claimed that the CDC was "just looking for something else to control."
In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the CDC has spent the last year helping to inform public policy on mask use, social isolation, and vaccines.
On his show, Carlson has railed against the agency numerous times.
Soleim also praised her birds for having "amazing personalities," prompting Carlson to inquire:
“Because you're an enthusiast and an expert, I have to ask: is it true that chickens are so dumb that if you put them in a corner, they can't get out?”
“Whoever made that up has something against birds, and it's completely false,” Soleim responded. “They know exactly what to do; sometimes they get stuck in corners, but for the most part, they can figure it out.”
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