The Washington Post reports:
On Monday, President Trump condemned white supremacy after a gunman allegedly motivated by anti-immigrant hatred killed 22 and wounded dozens more in El Paso. Trump’s statements came after many Democrats and some Republicans repudiated him for his own intolerant language used against lawmakers and immigrants.
But to Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Trump’s sentiment was wholly unnecessary. On Tuesday night, Carlson argued that white supremacy is a fake crisis cooked up by Democrats as a campaign ploy.
“It’s actually not a real problem in America,” Carlson said, adding later, “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.”
This nonsensical claim came after several days of scrutiny of the El Paso suspect’s racist views. Somehow Carlson asserted that “the whole thing is a lie.”
He downplayed the threat by saying 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.”
The point, of course, is that men like the suspect in El Paso aren’t “members” of an “organization.” Jonah Goldberg, knowing President Trump is a fan of Carlson’s show, responded by saying this on Twitter: “If Trump apes these talking points, it’ll be awful for the country and devastating for Trump’s presidency.”
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
White supremacist Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Tuesday claimed there is no white supremacy problem in the United States and that the very notion of one is a hoax created by the media and the left. #WhiteSupremacistTerrorism https://t.co/aSHX6GeuN7
— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) August 7, 2019