Fox News’ Tucker Carlson claims white supremacy ‘is not a real problem in US’
The conservative host Tucker Carlson lashed out at the media for criticizing President Donald Trump’s response to the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings.
“It’s not the job of this show to defend the president and everything he says,” Carlson said after airing a clip demonstrating the media criticisms of Trump’s speech on Monday. “Some things we are not going to defend. But in point of fact, he never endorsed white supremacy or came close to endorsing white supremacy. That’s just a lie. But he condemned it anyway. Their response, ‘he didn’t really mean it.'”
Carlson goes on to allege that “the whole [white supremacy issue] is a lie.”
Fox News host Tucker Carlson has claimed the problem of white supremacy in American is a ‘hoax’ and a ‘conspiracy theory.’
In the shocking statements the anchor argued that the issue was ‘just a lie’ and meant to ‘divide the country and keep a hold on power.’
Carlson’s words came just three days after 22 people were died from a mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas.
The killer Patrick Crusius, 22, posted a racist manifesto where he complained of the ‘Hispanic invasion’ and proclaimed other anti-immigrant sentiments.
It’s also believed he had sympathy for the Christchurch gunman who killed 49 people in New Zealand earlier this year.
Hours later on Saturday, a further nine people would be killed in a second mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio.
supremacy In the clip, while talking about the threat of white supremacy and white nationalism, Carlson added: ‘It’s actually not a real problem in America.’
He argued that the combined membership of ‘every white supremacist organization in this country would be able to fit inside a college football stadium.’
He listed that the ‘average person is getting poorer’ and ‘suicide rate is spiking’ as larger problems in America.
‘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,’ Carlson spat.
The host who is known for his anti-immigrant and ‘invasion’ rhetoric, hit back at critics who said that President Trump had emboldened racists.
Speaking at a press conference after the killings, Trump said: ‘The shooter in El Paso posted a manifesto online, consumed by racist hate.
‘In one voice our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy.’
He blamed video games and social media for radicalizing Crusius and described the internet as a ‘dangerous avenue.’
‘Mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun,’ Trump added.
Carlson went onto praise POTUS for his criticism of white supremacists but continued to diminish the issue all together.
Shortly after his speech, he would tell guest Victor Davis Hanson, that he had ‘never met anybody – not one person – who ascribes to white supremacy,’ according to the Daily Beast.
‘I don’t know a single person who thinks that’s a good idea,’ he added. ‘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.’