Fox News Channel personality Tucker Carlson is no stranger to harsh criticism in response to his on-air commentary.
Recent remarks regarding mass immigration into the U.S. have sparked calls from the Anti-Defamation League and others for him to be fired, but his network bosses appear to be standing firmly behind the top-rated host.
“More obedient voters”
Carlson responded to the ADL backlash in a monologue on Monday in which he accused the organization of hypocrisy while asserting that Democrats have embraced immigration as a way to redefine the American electorate.
“Demographic change is the key to the Democratic Party’s political ambitions,” he said.
Days earlier, Carlson claimed that Democrats wanted to “replace the current electorate” with “more obedient voters from the third world,” thereby diluting the voice of American citizens for the sake of partisan power. The ADL responded by insisting that the host had been perpetrating a racist “conspiracy theory.”
In a letter to the group on Sunday, however, Fox Corp CEO Lachlan Murdoch stood by Carlson, insisting that the host had not been advancing the so-called “replacement theory.” The following night on his program, Carlson took his position even further, arguing that the political left, not conservatives, see their “path to power” in demographic terms.
He went on to note that former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro has waxed fondly about Texas shifting from a red to blue state and Vice President Kamala Harris’s 2019 complaints that then-President Donald Trump threatened to deport undocumented immigrants constituted an “attempt to remake” the nation’s demographics.
“The deepest betrayal”
“They’re no longer trying to win you over with their program,” Carlson said of the Democratic Party. “They’re obviously not trying to improve your life. They don’t even really care about your vote anymore. Their goal is to make you irrelevant.”
Referencing the immigration amnesty granted under the Reagan administration, the host added: “California changed because the population changed. That’s not democracy. It’s cheating.”
Ironically, Carlson pointed out that the ADL has made similar arguments regarding other nations, including an essay that said it would be “unacceptable” for Israel to admit more Arab citizens because it would undermine the nation’s sovereignty.
“Why would any democratic nation make its own citizens less powerful?” he asked. “Isn’t that the deepest betrayal of all?”
Insisting that he would continue speaking out on the issue, Carlson concluded: “The leaders making these changes have no sympathy for their victims. They blame the country for its own suffering. You always hate the people you hurt. That’s all true. Every honest person knows that it’s true. As long as we’re here, we’re going to keep saying it loud.”