Talk about speaking truth to power.
Fox News’ host Tucker Carlson has been scourge of the American left for years, but his take Tuesday night on the current “white supremacy” craze dominating the media in the wake of the weekend’s mass shootings was a new level of defiance.
So naturally, the liberal media are spinning it dishonestly.
What Carlson said in the runup to an interview with National Review contributor and noted historian Victor David Hanson was simply a description of how liberals and their allies in the mainstream media are using the threat of “white supremacy” as a weapon to bludgeon President Donald Trump.
“It’s not the job of this show to defend the president and everything he says,” Carlson said. “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.’”
No one can challenge a word of that statement. Trump never has endorsed “white supremacy” and has, in fact, denounced it.
But Carlson’s point was even broader. In the wake of the undeniable evil at work in the mass shootings Saturday in El Paso, Texas, and early Sunday in Dayton, Ohio, Democratic presidential aspirants and liberal media outlets are propagating the idea that the United States is somehow in the throes of a white supremacist revolution.
But that’s a hoax, Carlson said. And it’s a hoax being spun for political reasons.
Check out Carlson’s comments here:
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/8eJqyzE0SK
— Eddie Donovan, Ph.D. 🇺🇸 (@EddieDonovan) August 7, 2019
But it’s the left’s coverage of Carlson’s remarks that’s most telling. Instead of dealing with the substance of his point, most of liberal outlets treated it as though Carlson had denied the existence of “white supremacist” elements at all.
The liberal media watch outlet Mediaite was a good example, using the headline:
“Tucker Carlson Says White Supremacy is a ‘Hoax’: ‘It’s Actually Not a Real Problem in America’”
(Strictly speaking, it was accurate, but the scare quotes made it clear that readers were supposed to think Carlson was lying.)
The treatment in The Washington Post was similar:
“‘It’s not actually a real problem in America’: Tucker Carlson calls white supremacy a ‘hoax’”
In comments on Wednesday, Carlson made himself even clearer.
There’s been a tremendous response to last night’s show. The left wants to silence us. They won’t. Here’s a portion of our response from tonight’s show. Watch this video and watch #FoxNews at 8pm ET for more. pic.twitter.com/bMRdIeC33b
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) August 7, 2019
Basically, “racism” is what the left is reduced to at this point in the Trump presidency.
The chimera of the Russia “collusion” investigation is gone, after the report by special counsel Robert Mueller proved to all but the most ardent Trump hater that Russian President Vladimir Putin did not put Trump in the White House.
It was gone for good after Mueller’s own disastrous appearance before Congress, in which he gave every indication of not only not having written his own report, but might not even know what it said.
So, as Democrats never want to let a crisis go to waste, they’ve attached themselves to the “white supremacy” narrative – and pushing it “relentlessly” in an effort to scar Trump with yet another unwarranted accusation.
“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,” Carlson said.
“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.”
What Carlson was doing Tuesday was calling out one of the most treasured myths of the American left: That racism is buried in the heart of every white person – and particularly white men. And that a shadow army of “white supremacists” out there wants nothing more than to drag the country back to the days of Jim Crow, or even worse.
In the liberal myth, the only way Americans – whites included – can protect themselves from imminent subjugation is by submitting themselves first to the Democratic Party — and rule by the elite.
Carlson’s words were a direct challenge to liberals in the news media, in government, in academia and in the entertainment world — and iconoclastic enough that even some conservatives would have hesitated before going so public with them.
It was Carlson speaking truth to power, and liberals trying to lie about it.
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