Last Thursday, Fox News celebrity Tucker Carlson gave viewers a primer on the “Replacement Theory,” which holds that Jews and their leftist allies are plotting to replace white people with, as Carlson called them, “more obedient voters from the Third World.” The Anti-Defamation League then called for Fox to fire Carlson, which Fox Corp. CEO Lachlan Murdoch refused to do, freeing the talking head to return Monday and explain how California is central to the conspiracy.
“Carlson’s rhetoric was not just a dog whistle to racists—it was a bullhorn,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt wrote in a letter to Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott on Friday.
In a reply shared with the Associated Press Sunday, Murdoch offered that Carlson had “decried and rejected replacement theory” when he said, “White replacement theory? No, no, this is a voting rights question.”
Murdoch had several mentions of “voting rights” to choose from in the segment, but apparently he wasn’t referring to the one where Carlson asserted, “On a basic level, it’s a voting rights question. In a democracy, one person equals one vote. If you change the population, you dilute the political power of the people who live there.”
Though one might wonder which voters Carlson means by “who live there” since everyone who votes must, in fact, live wherever “there” is, he quickly forged ahead in his non-racist lecture to note that Coca-Cola—which said it doesn’t support Georgia’s restrictive voter laws—“has given Type 2 diabetes to like half the Black population.”
Carlson amplified his claims on Monday, focusing on the nation’s most populous state as an object lesson in how the conspiracy works.
“The affluent liberals who wrecked California aren’t sticking around to see how that ends,” he said. “They’re running to the pallid hideaways of Boise and Bozeman, distorting local culture and real estate markets as they do it.”
Continuing his lament on the future of America’s “pallid” places, Carlson predicted, “Pretty soon people who were born in the mountain west won’t be able to live there. They’ll be—yes—replaced by private equity barons, yoga instructors, and senior vice presidents from Google.”
As if seeing his pristine mountain communities overrun by capitalism, stretching, and search engines wasn’t alarming enough, Carlson warned, “In most of this country it is immigration from other nations more than anything else that has driven political transformation… Americans have every right to move to other states if they want, even if they have silly political opinions, but our leaders have no right to encourage foreigners to move to this country in order to change political election results.”
Under the governorship of Ronald Reagan, Carlson reminisced, “California had the country’s best schools, the best infrastructure, the best economy, not to mention the prettiest natural environment on the planet.”
As President, however, even Dutch let Tucker down, starting when he signed the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.
“Would-be migrants everywhere concluded that there was no real penalty for breaking America’s laws. In fact there was a reward… Free hospitals, free schools, amnesty if you get caught. Why wouldn’t the rest of the world come? They soon did.”
As a result, by the election of 2012, Carlson said, “If you’d lived in the state of California in 1980, you probably still voted Republican. Your views hadn’t really changed, but as your state swelled with foreign voters, your views became irrelevant.”
In a response to Murdoch’s letter, Greenblatt of the ADL stated that the Fox boss had “neglected to address the numerous other examples of Mr. Carlson siding with white supremacist ideology.”
“Mr. Carlson lifted the already thin veil and embraced a foundational theory of white supremacy,” Greenblatt wrote. “At a time of intense polarization, this kind of rhetoric galvanizes extremists and lights the fire of violence. As a news organization with a responsibility to the public and as a corporation with a responsibility to its shareholders, it is time for you to act.”
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