Fox Host Tucker Carlson Receives Backlash After Calling White Supremacy “a hoax”
#FireTuckerCarlson was trending on Twitter late Wednesday and early Thursday after Fox host Tucker Carlson called white supremacy a “hoax” and a “conspiracy theory used to divide the country” on his show. He said white supremacy is a lie and not an issue in the U.S.
“White supremacy, I have lived here for 50 years, I have never met anybody, not one person ascribes to white supremacy, I don’t know a single person who thinks it’s a good idea, they are making this up and it is a talking point which they are using to help them in this election cycle,” Carlson said on Tucker Carlson Tonight.
The infamous white nationalist, David Duke, quote tweeted Carlson’s tweet.
“White supremacy, that’s the problem. This is a hoax, just like the Russia hoax. It’s a conspiracy theory used to divide the country and keep a hold on power. That’s exactly what’s going on,” Carlson said.
Tucker Carlson Tonight show is the second highest rated news show in prime time, right after the Hannity show on Fox News with 3.2 million viewers.
Many Democrats believe that white supremacy is a national issue. Presidential hopeful Cory Booker spoke at a church in South Carolina about white supremacy stating there is no question that white supremacy is not real.
“We must acknowledge as a country that as much as white supremacy manifest — manifests itself in dangerous and deadly acts of terror, it is perpetrated by what is too often a willful ignorance, or dangerous tolerance of its presence in our society,” Booker said.
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter to voice her concerns about white supremacy in a thread.
“White supremacy is often subconscious. & Clearly, our nation has not been inoculated. WS (white supremacy) is our nation’s original sin; the driving logic of slavery, of Native genocide, of Jim Crow, of segregation, of mass incarceration, of “Send Her Back.” It never went away. It was just dormant,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
On Wednesday night, Carlson commented on the backlash he has been receiving from his remarks Tuesday night.
“This is a time of frustration, and it’s time of change, its a hard time for America but this country is not on the brink of genocide, its not even close to that, this is not a white supremacist country plotting the slaughter of its own people,” Carlson said, “It is a kind country full of decent people, of all races, who like all people everywhere make bad decisions from time to time but they mean well and they generally try their best, so going forward give them the benefit of the doubt even if you disagree with them.”
Former Fox News correspondent Carl Cameron spoke about the comments made by Tucker calling them inaccurate and “just not journalism, it’s opinion making.” Carlson has also left on vacation since Wednesday.
WHAT THE LEFT IS SAYING: George Takei, actor and LGBTQ activist said on Twitter that both Carlson and Trump have used the word “hoax,” when speaking about issues such as climate change and white supremacy.
Co-host of the Today Show Al Roker tweeted, “Former Head of KKK Supports Tucker Carlson for White Supremacy ‘Hoax’ @TuckerCarlson must be so proud.”
WHAT THE RIGHT IS SAYING: FoxNews, corporate parents and advertisers have not yet made any public statements about Tucker. Conservative commentator Mark Levin fired back at Carl Cameron’s comments about Carlson.
“Carl Cameron used to show up at conservative social gatherings when he was a reporter for Fox News,” Levin said. “He was very comfortable hobnobbing with conservatives. His alleged disgruntlement with Fox & his new liberal site belies what I personally witnessed.”