Fox News host Tucker Carlson drew calls for his firing last week after making comments about voter replacement that effectively endorsed “white replacement theory,” and after Fox Corp. defended him, Carlson opted to double down on the remarks during his Monday show.
From USA Today:
In an unusually long, 20-minute monologue that opened “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” the host of Fox’s most-watched program called his critics “the usual chorus of hyper-aggressive liars” and said Democrats support mass immigration because it increases their electoral advantage and power.
He said Democratic political hopes are based on demographics: “In order to win and maintain power, Democrats plan to change the population of the country.”
The Anti-Defamation League last week called for Fox News to fire Carlson, saying he “embraced a foundational theory of white supremacy,” the“great replacement” theory, during an appearance on “Fox News Primetime” Thursday.
The replacement conspiracy theory holds that people of color are replacing white people in the West, enabled by Jews and progressive politicians.
ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt wrote that “Mr. Carlson’s attempt to at first dismiss this theory, while in the very next breath endorsing it under cover of ‘a voting rights question,’ does not give him free license to invoke a white supremacist trope.”
On the Thursday show, Carlson said “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 of voters now casting ballots with new people, more obedient voters from the Third World.” He added that he had “less political power because they are importing a brand new electorate.”
On Monday, Carlson said “that movement within the country of U.S. citizens has switched some states’ allegiance from Republican to Democratic,” USA Today reported, mentioning arrivals from New York turning Vermont Democratic, as well as Massachusetts residents doing the same as they relocate to New Hampshire.
Then he spoke about immigrants:
“It is immigration from other nations, more than anything else, that has driven political transformation,” he said. “Our leaders have no right to encourage foreigners to move to this country in order to change election results. Doing that is an attack on our democracy.”
He said Democrats see foreign immigration as a means to increase electoral advantage. “Mass immigration increases the power of the Democratic party. Period. That’s the reason Democrats support it. It’s the only reason,” he said.
By couching his argument in terms of voting and democracy, Carlson belies the racial implications — and apparently gives Fox the cover it needs to defend the mainlining of white supremacy into American households.
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