Tucker Carlson, who at the very least gives tacit support to white supremacy, made a couple of absolutely inane and hypocritical arguments on his show, conflating criticism of white supremacists with criticism of white people, arguing that white supremacists are virtually non-existent and making a claim about demagoguery that is a perfect description of what he and his hero Trump do everyday.
“You would rather be called a cannibal than a white nationalist, and of course, that is exactly the point. That’s why [Democrats] say it,” complained Carlson. “You could live your entire life here without running into a white nationalist. No matter what they tell you, this is a remarkably kind and decent country.”
Yes, you could live your life without meeting a white supremacist, but that hardly means it’s rare. Just ask the innumerable victims of racist violence. Ask the folks from that Pittsburgh synagogue that was attacked. Or the Sikh templed who have been attacked. Or the victims of bombings by the Aryan nation, the KKK and other groups. Oh wait, you cant ask them because they’re dead. By every measure, we’ve seen a huge resurgence of white supremacy. Not coincidentally, it began when we elected our first black president.
“The left has nothing to sell, nothing that will make your life better,” said Carlson. “Instead they whip up race hatred and fear — scared people vote. Just tell them the other side wants to put them in camps or murder them, and they’ll show up at the polls and vote for you, however reluctantly.”
You mean like telling people that Mexico is invading us, sending rapists and murderers and MS-13 members by the thousands as part of a grand plan to destroy America? Would that count as telling people they’re going to be murdered? And do I really need to make a list of all the times right-wing crackpots who support Trump have claimed Obama was going to round up all conservatives and Christians and put them into FEMA concentration camps? Because that list could take all day to make. Hypocrite, thy name is Tucker Carlson.
“Attacking people for their race is exactly how you destroy a country,” Carlson concluded. “That’s what Democrats are doing. It’s obvious they just don’t care.”
Attacking people for being white supremacist is not the same thing as attacking people for being white. That’s what Carlson is doing. It’s obvious he just doesn’t care.