Just when you think that conservative talking heads have found the worst angle on every issue, Tucker Carlson rides in. The man is a machine built to create bad takes. In this instance, his bad take isn’t even that original! He saw something he didn’t like and decided to call it “fake news.” What doesn’t Carlson like? People talking openly about white supremacy.
Carlson is mad at the “liberal media” for criticizing Trump and his connections to white supremacy, according to Mediaite. On his program Tuesday night, he claimed it was not the job of this show to defend the president and everything he says,” before going on to defend the president. Carlson wants viewers to know that Trump “never endorsed white supremacy or came close to endorsing white supremacy.”
Tucker Carlson: White supremacy is "actually not a real problem in America." Calling white supremacy and issue is "a hoax" and "a conspiracy theory used to divide the country" pic.twitter.com/ydzmJ0L7UI— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) August 7, 2019
Carlson went on to say that even if the president did endorse white supremacy, it wouldn’t matter, because it’s not that big a problem:
“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.”
It’s interesting that Carlson sees enrolled membership in the KKK or some other white nationalist group as the only definition of supporting white supremacy.
"Tucker Carlson is literally our greatest ally." -- Neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin, The Daily Stormer.— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) August 7, 2019
For what it’s worth, Trump’s dad was once arrested at a KKK riot. There’s no confirmation he was officially enrolled in the KKK, but the Trumps have been sued for racial discrimination against black tenants, Donald Trump persecuted the innocent Central Park Five (even taking out an ad in a paper recommending the death penalty), has a long history of conflict with Native American casino owners, and basically hounded Barack Obama for a birth certificate all through his presidency. These are just the racist highlights that came before Trump was elected.
Since his election, Trump has enacted racist measures around deportment, incarceration, supporting ICE in separating families which has led to the traumatization, abuse and actual death of children. He called the Nazis who swarmed in Charlottesville “very fine people.” Need we go on?
Apparently, so. Unless you’re a KKK member you can’t support white supremacy, from Carlson’s perspective. That would mean the El Paso shooter, who is connected to a racist manifesto about “mixing races,” isn’t technically a white supremacist even though he likely murdered 22 people because of his racist views.
Obviously, Carlson is just trying to turn “white supremacy is a hoax” into a talking point for the viewers at home who don’t want to consider their complicity in the rise of violence and hate in the U.S. Especially one very special viewer, tuning into Fox News from the Oval Office.