Carlson noted that the runoffs will decide which party holds the Senate in January — essentially acknowledging that Joe Biden will be the next president, because if Democrats win both seats then the Senate is 50-50, which would give the tie-breaking vote to Vice President Kamala Harris.

“You’re hearing some Republicans say, ‘Well maybe we should let the Republicans lose,’ because they’re mad at the party in Washington,” Carlson said. “By the way, they have every reason to be mad… They should be punished.”

“The problem is, the rest of us should not be punished,” he argued. “So before you decide to sit this one out, you should think about what this might mean.”