Tucker Carlson Sets Out to Prove That There Isn't Anything Too Stupid or Racist for Fox News
Tucker Carlson recently embraced the gloriously moronic "white replacement theory," which postulates that a shadowy cabal of elites is deliberately replacing white folks with Jews, people of color, and non-Christians in order to supplant America's religion, culture, and way of life. White nationalist protesters at the Unite The Right Rally in Charlottesville, VA in 2017 chanted replacement theory slogans such as "You will not replace us" and "Jews will not replace us." The conspiracy theory also played a big part in recent white nationalist violence.
The Daily Beast: "The racist killers behind the El Paso and Christchurch massacres, for instance, both left behind manifestos in which they wrote at length about the theory. The shooter responsible for murdering 11 Jewish worshippers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh openly believed that George Soros and Jewish humanitarian aid groups were bringing Central American migrants (“invaders,” as he referred to them) to the United States in order to “kill our people,” the white race."
This week Fox's Carlson offered his own take on white replacement theory, claiming Democrats are "importing a brand new electorate" of "Third World" immigrants to "dilute" the votes of good old-fashioned Americans, or some such nonsense. What do you suppose he meant by "Third World," [wink, wink]?
Carlson: “The Democratic Party is trying to replace the current electorate, the voters now casting ballots, with new people, more obedient voters from the Third World,”
Notice, that Carlson's point of view only makes sense from a "white supremacist" mindset; white Christian Americans = good, "Third World" immigrants = bad. And, I suspect that those who regularly tune into Carlson's show picked up on that fairly quickly.
Carlson has a long record of increasingly bigoted anti-immigrant diatribes: see here. He also famously said that immigrants make the US "poor and dirtier and more divided."
On Friday, Jonathan Greenblatt of the Anti-Defamation League labeled Carlson's statements for what they are: incoherent, racist, nonsense and called on Fox to remove him.
Greenblatt Letter: "It was shocking to hear this kind of open-ended endorsement of white supremacist ideology from an anchor and commentator on your network. At ADL, we believe in dialogue and giving people a chance to redeem themselves, but Carlson’s full-on embrace of the white supremacist replacement theory on yesterday’s show and his repeated allusions to racist themes in past segments are a bridge too far.
Given his long record of race-baiting, we believe it is time for Carlson to go."
None of this is new, of course. As we described in our piece on the history of immigration, white nationalists have a long history of demonizing groups seeking to immigrate to America, including Asians, Jews, and Catholics. However, this is the first time such bigotry has infected so many within one of our two major political parties. Thanks to talk radio and Fox News, anti-immigrant bigotry has become dogma within the GOP, and will probably make much-needed comprehensive immigration reform impossible on Capital Hill.
By: Don Lam & Curated Content