Fox News’ current most boycotted television personality Tucker Carlson went on another rant about Representative Ilhan Omar, engaging in racist, xenophobic, and Islamophobic tropes all in an impressively short amount of time. During his Tuesday monologue, he accused Omar of hating the U.S., being ungrateful, and points to her as a supposed example of why “the way we practice immigration has become dangerous to this country.”

What’s dangerous is the kind of xenophobic rhetoric that has led to an increase in hate crimes and a flood of explicit death threats against Rep. Omar.

“Some of the very people we try hardest to help have come to hate us passionately. Maybe that’s our fault for asking too little of immigrants? We aren’t self-confident enough to make them assimilate, so they never feel fully American,” he said. “Or maybe the problem is deeper than that? Maybe we are importing people from places that are simply antithetical to ours? Who knows what the problem is but there is a problem and whatever the cause, this cannot continue.”

He then blamed immigration for the fall of Rome, which is a statement that would cause physical pain to any history major. In reality, Rome was weakened by overspending on the military, an increasing gap between the rich and the poor, and political corruption before actual barbarian invaders (not immigrants by any definition) arrived. (Sound familiar?)

Omar herself responded to the segment with good humor.

As amazing as that response is, there is some concern that Tucker is rapidly fanning the flames of the anti-immigrant sentiment in the U.S. that has culminated in what Holocaust experts have called actual concentration camps.

It’s these basic facts that have people concerned that it’s Tucker and his fans, not Omar, who are damaging America.

Many people have already condemned Carlson for this latest attack on a young woman of color in Congress, calling it the most racist rant to ever come out of the Fox News commentator’s mouth, which for him is pretty impressive.

Others pointed out the double standard Carlson uses for deciding who gets to criticize the country:

More called out Carlson for the danger these kinds of baseless smears put Omar and others in:

Some are reminding everyone who still advertises on the Tucker Carlson Show when boycotting is still a viable and satisfying option.

Unfortunately, there are still many people who agree with Carlson, and as long as he keeps the ratings high, Fox News will continue to employ him.

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*First Published: July 10, 2019, 3:00 pm