Tucker Carlson joked Monday that the symbol of the Republican party might have to be switched from an elephant to a tiger. 

The reason?

He explained that the national media has, for 85 years, characterized Republicans as "pouncing" on various Democratic figures and policies.  

He pointed to just a few recent headlines from the New York Times and Washington Post, including:

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A viral story spread. The mainstream media rushed to keep up. The Trump Internet pounced

"Above all, they pounce. According to The Times and The Post, Republicans are compulsive pouncers. Fangs bared, claws extended, they leap with feline precision and devour, they can't help themselves," he said. 

Earlier in January, the Times described Republicans as "pouncing" on Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) for her vow to impeach President Trump.

Carlson noted that conservatives "pounced" on a Vatican power struggle last summer, while Hillary Clinton is said to have "endured multiple Republican pounces and lived to tell the tale." 

"Barack Obama, too. His eight years in Washington amounted to a single uninterrupted Republican pounce! Imagine the horror of that. No wonder you don't see him much anymore. He's still recovering," Carlson joked.

The Times even wrote of Republicans "pouncing" in 1933 against Democrats and FDR. 

"Pouncing then, pouncing now. Apparently a tiger does not change its stripes."

Watch Tucker's full commentary above. 

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