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 the other side encouraging terror? Our thinking changed. We stopped debating politics & ideas & started attacking others for things we can't change, for who we are.
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) October 26, 2018
Twitter’s response to Carlson: Seriously? Because of you.
Um, is this a rhetorical question?
— Just Jill Ⓥ 🏳️🌈🇺🇸🛳 (@JustJillHere) October 26, 2018
You just published a book calling half the country fools.
This is like getting a lecture on harmonious race relations from a Klansman.
— Tennesseine (@Tennesseine) October 26, 2018
You, Tucker Carlson, are part of the problem
Donald Trump, with the help of folks like you over at @FoxNews, is responsible for radicalizing #MAGABomber Cesar Sayoc
The @GOP is culpable in their refusal to condemn Trump's violent rhetoric#VoteBlue@realDonaldTrump @POTUS
— Cameron L. Mitchell (@CameronLMitchel) October 26, 2018
Does he watch his own show?
Have you watched your own show?
— Austin Swafford ❤ (@Astros290) October 26, 2018
— Andrew Wortman (@AmoneyResists) October 26, 2018
Debating politics and ideas is fine. Debasing politics and ideas is not. When you report news based on ideology not fact, you are complicit. Take a long look inward.
— Sharon (@SharonGF_NBCT) October 26, 2018
You. And your network. Own it.
— Moving Forward, Again. (@cubfansince76) October 26, 2018
Look into the mirror, Tucker. You will see the problem and possibly a solution. Stop the hate speech!
— John Gee 🌊 (@nevrmyprez) October 26, 2018
Says the man who hosts "The Ed Sullivan Show" of white supremacists.
— Victor Laszlo (@Impolitics) October 26, 2018
You wanted to lynch black athletes @NFL for protesting & #kneeling #policebrutality and helped set ablaze that smoldering underlying thing called #racism. It’s nice to be previliged and detached from the real world. #ThisIsAmerica
— Ken Lunkins (@KenLunkins) October 26, 2018
"We stopped debating politics & ideas & started attacking others for things we can't change"
Honey, you get paid per episode to do it. pic.twitter.com/CGT80Dfikt
— Frances Langum (@bluegal) October 26, 2018
Tucker I just watched you a few days ago at @Politicon, have a "discussion" (or whatever the heck that was supposed to be) with @JamesCarville. You were so dismissive, arrogant, snarky, antagonistic and provocative. How could you possibly be confused about how we got here. YOU!!!
— Greer McVay (@GreerMcVay) October 26, 2018
Have you literally watched even one episode of your show? Or of Hannity’s? Or heard Trump speak?
— Brian (@brian24587) October 26, 2018
You are bring incredibly hypocritical. Your show is one of the most hyper-partisan shows currently available. You bolster conspiracy theories, you lie in favor of Trump and against Dems regularly, you encourage distrust of "the other side." You are a part of the problem.
— Nicole (@LoquaciousPup) October 26, 2018
And yet, he’s really asking.
And admitting you have a problem is the first step. Very good.
— Ben Gibbins MSG ret. (@para82nd_1) October 26, 2018
How in the hell do we actually get to a point where one of the people responsible for at least 50% of the anger actually is dumb enough to ask this question? Did you think we haven’t noticed what you’ve been doing?
— Teddy (@TeddyPersians) October 26, 2018
Thanks Tucker. You are a BIG apart of the problem. You and Fox have fomented division and hatred. I blame you, Ingram, Hannity and the other Neo-Nazis that Rupert Murdoch utilizes to make him mega wealthy
— Gary Bl (@Garyb513) October 26, 2018
I’ll just leave this gem here.
ImAgiNe tHe oTHer siDe enCoURaGing tErRor?https://t.co/agdzoVObP2
— (((edelweisspirat))) TяumpTяeason (@crandallgold) October 26, 2018
Let’s not forget Trump and his endorsement of violence. Can I borrow a lighter?
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.
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 pic.twitter.com/iLpMr6QrNV
— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) September 8, 2018
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?”