Tucker Carlson on Monday night doubled down on his claim that Democrats were deliberately ‘importing’ migrants to the United States to make the electorate more likely to vote them into power, laughing off the Anti Defamation League’s labeling of him as a white supremacist.
Carlson sparked anger on Thursday by discussing ‘replacement theory’ – the idea that the electorate was being engineered, via immigration.
‘I know that the left and all the 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, the voters now casting ballots, with new people, more obedient voters, from the Third World.’
The ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt accused Carlson of ‘open-ended endorsement of white supremacist ideology’.
The group said in a letter to Fox News Channel’s CEO Suzanne Scott that Carlson’s talk was not legitimate political discussion, but ‘race-baiting, extreme rhetoric.’ They said it harkened to the ‘Jews Will Not Replace Us!’ chants heart in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017.
They said it was ‘time for Carlson to go’.
However, Carlson received the all-important backing of Fox News CEO Lachlan Murdoch, who said he ‘respectfully’ disagreed the host had been promoting ‘white replacement theory’.
Tucker Carlson on Monday night doubled down on his ‘replacement theory’ of elections
Carlson devoted 20 minutes of his hour-long show on Monday night to the defense of his views.
‘A nation’s leadership admitting they hope to replace their own citizens? It seems grotesque,’ he said.
He insisted that Democrats needed arrivals from Central and Latin America to support their policies.
‘Demographic changes are the key to the Democratic Party’s political ambition,’ he said.
‘In order to win and maintain power, Democrats plan to change the population of the country.’
Carlson spoke as large numbers of migrants continue to arrive at the southern border.
Over 171,000 migrants were apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border in March, according to a Washington Post analysis of preliminary data from Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
The figure marks the highest number of migrants taken into custody in a single month since 2006.
In January, the number taken into custody stood at 78,442.
A mother carries her infant into the United States in Roma, Texas, on April 9
Migrants are seen on April 10. March arrivals were at the highest level since 2006
A line of Central American migrants are seen on April 10 waiting for processing by CBP
Migrants are ushered onto a CBP bus in La Joya, Texas, on April 11
Lachlan Murdoch, CEO of Fox News and son of Rupert, denied Carlson was advocating ‘white replacement theory’
Carlson said this was part of a Democrat plot, adding that the Democrats would not be so welcoming if the migrants were Republican voters.
‘If 200,000 immigrants from Poland showed up at our southern border tomorrow, Kamala Harris would not promise them health care? Why? They tend to vote Republican, that’s the difference,’ he said.
‘Democrats would deport those migrants immediately. No more hand-wringing about how we are a nation of immigrants.
‘Hundreds of thousands of likely Republicans massing in Tijuana? That qualifies as a national crisis. At a border wall by Wednesday.’
The ADL’s Greenblatt wrote to Fox News to call for Carlson to be fired, saying he was advocating a popular theory on the far-right that white voters are being replaced by immigrants.
‘While couching his argument in terms of what he described as the Democratic Party attempting to replace traditional voters with immigrants from third-world countries, Carlson’s rhetoric was not just a dog whistle to racists – it was a bullhorn,’ Greenblatt said.
It prompted a swift response from Murdoch, the eldest son and heir apparent to Fox News founder Rupert Murdoch.
‘Fox Corporation shares your values and abhors anti-Semitism, white supremacy and racism of any kind,’ Murdoch said in a letter to Greenblatt Sunday.
‘A full review of the guest interview indicates that Mr. Carlson decried and rejected replacement theory. As Mr. Carlson himself stated during the guest interview: ‘White replacement theory? No, no, this is a voting rights question.”
But Greenblatt disputed the way Murdoch had framed Carlson’s remarks.
‘With all due respect, 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. In fact, it’s worse, because he’s using a straw man – voting rights – to give an underhanded endorsement of white supremacist beliefs while ironically suggesting it’s not really white supremacism.’
In his remarks last week, Carlson had claimed that migration had turned California into a Democrat stronghold, saying it was done ‘virtually overnight’.
Carlson said Democrats in California ‘rigged to the game with more people, they packed the electorate.’
‘As your state swelled with foreign voters, your views became irrelevant,’ Carlson said.
‘Your political power, the power to control your own life, disappeared with the arrival of new people who diluted your vote.’
Source: Daily Mail |World News