Tucker Carlson, whose Fox News show has become little more than a daily recitation of white supremacist talking points, says that concern about white supremacy is a “hoax,” like Russian interference in elections, designed by Democrats to help them win the 2020 election. Meanwhile, actual white supremacists keep heaping praise on Carlson for being their mainstream news megaphone.
TUCKER CARLSON (HOST): But the whole thing is a lie. If you were to assemble a list, a hierarchy of concerns of problems this country faces, where would white supremacy be on the list? Right up there with Russia probably.
It’s actually not a real problem in America. The combined membership of every white supremacist organization in this country would be able to fit inside a college football stadium.
I mean, seriously, this is a country where the average person is getting poorer, where the suicide rate is spiking — “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.
White supremacy — you know, I’ve lived here 50 years, I’ve never met anybody — not one person — who ascribes to white supremacy. I don’t know a single person who thinks that’s a good idea.
I don’t — I mean, they are making this up, and it’s a talking point which they are using to help them in this election cycle, obviously, because Russia died.
Yes, yes, yes, just like global warming is a hoax invented by the Chinese. While he’s pretending white supremacy is not a problem, actual white supremacists are responsible for the overwhelming majority of acts of terrorism in the United States over the last few years. While he’s pretending that you can only be concerned about one problem at a time and white supremacy is way down on the list, actual white supremacists are engaging in killings both mass and individually targeted, blowing up federal buildings, opening fire on huge public festivals and supermarkets and killing dozens at a time, going into black churches and killing worshipers with guns and bombs.
The irony is that the exact opposite of what he claims is true, that the denial of the reality of white supremacy is a political tactic being used by people like Carlson to provide cover for his own racism and Trump’s so it doesn’t hurt his chances at reelection. The reality of the dangers of white supremacists is so obvious that only someone lying or delusional could possibly deny it. And Carlson is not delusional, he’s just lying. Perhaps he should tell the families of the victims in Gilroy, El Paso, the synagogue in Pittsburgh and the church in Charleston that their loved ones aren’t really dead, it’s all a hoax.