FOX News personality Tucker Carlson spent 15 minutes of his show ripping Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for her comment that “The Delta Belt is essentially the Bible Belt.” Fact-checkers quickly pointed out she never made the comment.
Tucker Carlson’s Rant
The host of Tucker Carlson Tonight is known to play loose with the facts in order to get ratings and the approval of his conservative fanbase. Comedian John Oliver pointed out on his show This Week Tonight on the many racist dog whistles Carlson uses on a regular basis.
Carlson’s attack on Cortez contains the dog whistles, misogyny, and white Christian nationalism he’s known for.
Representative Cortez, how long will you and your kind seek to divide Americans with your hate speech? Christianity made the United States of America. God fearing people of the Bible Belt don’t have to apologize for making Western Civilization great. Southerners have a proud history of innovation. Without them we wouldn’t have the Civil Rights Act or the The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850.
Tucker Carlson Wrong Again
Fact checkers swept down on Carlson’s statements.
“The reason why the Civil Rights was passed — despite the opposition of most Southerners — is that blacks were persecuted in the South,” pointed out famed analyst Andrew Canard.
Carlson referring to The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 caused many fact-checkers to take a pause before writing their responses. It seemed hard to believe one man could be so wrong.
History.com explains the legislation:
Concerned that these new free states would become safe havens for runaways, Southern politicians saw that the Constitution included a “Fugitive Slave Clause.” This stipulation (Article 4, Section 2, Clause 3) stated that, “no person held to service or labor” would be released from bondage in the event they escaped to a free state.
In other words, if a slave escaped to a free state bounty hunters could find them there and forcibly bring them back.
“Did I mention Representative Cortez never said the Bible Belt is the Delta Belt?” Mr. Canard said. “It’s just a rumor he made up.
*FOX News and Tucker Carlson haven’t responded.
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*Ok, there’s a lot to go over in this piece:
- Tucker Carlson never attacked AOC on the Delta/Bible Belt statement. That is the Poe part of the bit.
- Oh, The Fugitive Slave Acts were quite real.
- And John Oliver is right about Carlson.