Fox News host Tucker Carlson, best known for his fiery brand of conservatism and contentious treatment of guests on his show, is struggling with the growing animosity in American politics.
While the country remained on high alert after a string of attempted bombings of Democratic officials, Carlson asked the Twitterverse on Thursday just how exactly we got here.
"How'd we get to a place where it's normal that two parts of the country despise each other? That you can imagine the other side encouraging terror?" Carlson tweeted. "Our thinking changed. We stopped debating politics & ideas & started attacking others for things we can't change, for who we are."
How'd we get to a place where it's normal that two parts of the country despise each other? That you can imagine th… https://t.co/iCaglpnUop— Tucker Carlson (@Tucker Carlson) 1540514777.0
Twitter's response to Carlson: Seriously? Because of you.
@TuckerCarlson Um, is this a rhetorical question?— Just Jill Ⓥ 🏳️🌈🇺🇸🛳 (@Just Jill Ⓥ 🏳️🌈🇺🇸🛳) 1540579350.0
@TuckerCarlson You just published a book calling half the country fools. This is like getting a lecture on harmoni… https://t.co/COzr2itqq7— Tennesseine (@Tennesseine) 1540574836.0
@TuckerCarlson You, Tucker Carlson, are part of the problem Donald Trump, with the help of folks like you over at… https://t.co/2sxbPb4o1d— Cameron L. Mitchell (@Cameron L. Mitchell) 1540575506.0
Does he watch his own show?
@TuckerCarlson You should check out this guy @TuckerCarlson’s show on @FoxNews. He’s such a divisive, racist, propa… https://t.co/UEto4iBSo7— Andrew Wortman (@Andrew Wortman) 1540582694.0
@TuckerCarlson Debating politics and ideas is fine. Debasing politics and ideas is not. When you report news based… https://t.co/JoHOS502HT— Sharon (@Sharon) 1540573541.0
@TuckerCarlson You. And your network. Own it.— Moving Forward, Gaining Momentum (@Moving Forward, Gaining Momentum) 1540578859.0
@TuckerCarlson Look into the mirror, Tucker. You will see the problem and possibly a solution. Stop the hate speech!— John Gee 🌊 (@John Gee 🌊) 1540576296.0
@TuckerCarlson Says the man who hosts "The Ed Sullivan Show" of white supremacists.— Victor Laszlo (@Victor Laszlo) 1540577721.0
@TuckerCarlson You wanted to lynch black athletes @NFL for protesting & #kneeling #policebrutality and helped set… https://t.co/NneRcMSISo— Ken Lunkins (@Ken Lunkins) 1540574366.0
@TuckerCarlson "We stopped debating politics & ideas & started attacking others for things we can't change" WE? W… https://t.co/xBZ8rylMVF— Frances Langum (@Frances Langum) 1540576694.0
@TuckerCarlson Tucker I just watched you a few days ago at @Politicon, have a "discussion" (or whatever the heck th… https://t.co/zP4snKTrUP— Greer McVay (@Greer McVay) 1540578276.0
@TuckerCarlson Have you literally watched even one episode of your show? Or of Hannity’s? Or heard Trump speak?— Brian (@Brian) 1540578644.0
@TuckerCarlson You are bring incredibly hypocritical. Your show is one of the most hyper-partisan shows currently a… https://t.co/KWqicuddI3— Nicole (@Nicole) 1540582714.0
And yet, he's really asking.
@TuckerCarlson And admitting you have a problem is the first step. Very good.— Ben Gibbins MSG ret. (@Ben Gibbins MSG ret.) 1540571881.0
@TuckerCarlson How in the hell do we actually get to a point where one of the people responsible for at least 50% o… https://t.co/NJ0b8cRpHL— Teddy Morgan (@Teddy Morgan) 1540573398.0
I'll just leave this gem here.
@TuckerCarlson ImAgiNe tHe oTHer siDe enCoURaGing tErRor? https://t.co/agdzoVObP2— (((Edelweißpirat))) Ich will Nichts (@(((Edelweißpirat))) Ich will Nichts) 1540581264.0
Let's not forget Trump and his endorsement of violence. Can I borrow a lighter?
@TuckerCarlson https://t.co/qICoGex8PQ— olavski (@olavski) 1540572882.0
I would be remiss however if I didn't dig up some Carlson classics.
September 13, 2018: Carlson hosts attorney Michael Avenatti and maligns him as "creepy porn lawyer" during a live broadcast, depsite promising not to do so.
This is a real Fox News chyron during @MichaelAvenatti’s interview https://t.co/pBhVrk7voX— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@Yashar Ali 🐘) 1536886550.0
Watch the full interview below:
September 8, 2018: Carlson says diversity is bad.
"How precisely is diversity our strength? Since you’ve made this our new national motto, please be specific as you explain it. Can you think, for example, of other institutions, such as, I don’t know, marriage or military units, in which the less people have in common the more cohesive they are? Do you get along better with your neighbors or your co-workers if you can’t understand each other or share no common values?"
Watch the segment below:
Tucker Carlson really really really really does not like living in a diverse country https://t.co/iLpMr6QrNV— Andrew Lawrence (@Andrew Lawrence) 1536366549.0
August 15, 2018: Carlson rails against constitutionally-guaranteed birthright citizenship while simultaneously demonstrating total ignorance of the law.
"If it is true that the Constitution does not mandate citizenship for anyone born here regardless of status or the status of the parents, then why are we acting that that’s the law?"