Tucker Carlson has a habit of speaking bluntly about what’s on his mind, and now, that bad habit has gotten the Fox News host into trouble once again.
Civil rights groups including the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) are calling for Carlson to be fired over remarks he made on Thursday’s episode of Fox News Primetime.
Carlson has been accused of defending what the Associated Press described as “a white-supremacist theory that says whites are being ‘replaced’ by people of color.”
“I have less political power”
In his Thursday appearance on Fox News Primetime, Carlson spoke with host Mark Steyn about what he characterized as attempts by the Democratic Party to “replace” current voters with immigrants.
“Now, I know that the left and all the little gatekeepers on Twitter become literally hysterical if you use the term ‘replacement,’ if you suggest that 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,” Carlson said Thursday, according to the Daily Beast. “But they become hysterical because that’s what’s happening actually. Let’s just say it. That’s true.”
Carlson claimed he is “disenfranchised as a current voter” every time “they import a new voter,” and added that Democrats want to make it a “racial issue” rather than a voting rights one.
“I have less political power because they are importing a brand new electorate,” the Fox star said. “Why should I sit back and take that? The power that I have as an American guaranteed at birth is one man, one vote, and they are diluting it. No, they are not allowed to do it. Why are we putting up with this?”
Carlson faces pushback
As the Daily Beast noted, Jewish groups including the ADL swiftly tied the Fox host’s comments to the so-called “white replacement theory,” which they say has led to several recent mass shootings.
Jonathan Greenblatt, who leads the ADL, said in a letter to Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott that Carlson’s “rhetoric was not just a dog whistle to racists — it was a bullhorn,” according to the AP.
In a statement to the Daily Beast, J Street vice president of communications Logan Bayroff said it’s worse than just inflammatory rhetoric. “The ‘Great Replacement’ conspiracy theory isn’t just rhetoric — it’s racist, antisemitic propaganda that has helped incite deadly violence against American Jews, Muslims, immigrants, and other vulnerable minorities,” he said. “Every time that this white supremacist hatred is amplified like this, the threat of future attacks on our communities grows.”
“The ugly underpinning”
Of course, Carlson isn’t the one who’s suggested Democrats are hoping to use a recent surge in immigration to their advantage. In an interview with Breitbart News Saturday last month, Republican Sen. Mike Braun of Indiana argued that open borders policies from those on the left are actually little more than attempts to turn illegal aliens into loyal voters.
“That is the ugly underpinning of what the Democrats are doing,” the senator said, according to Breitbart. “They disguise it as humanitarian, and if that were the case, they would not let what happened what we all witnessed,” he added, referring to the crisis at the southern border that’s only growing by the day.