After a shooter in El Paso, Texas cited a “Hispanic invasion” as his motive for killing 22 people on Saturday, far-Right Fox News host Tucker Carlson downplayed the rise of white supremacy in the United States.
Carlson, who routinely claims that diversity isn’t a strength, dismissed white supremacy as a “hoax,” falsely claiming to Fox viewers that it’s “actually not a real problem in America.”
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
“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.”
The Anti Defamation League found that murders motivated by white supremacy more than doubled in President Donald Trump’s first year of office. FBI Director Christopher Wray warned that most domestic terror arrests were related to white supremacy.
Carlson’s denial of white supremacy’s existence is itself an extension of white supremacy, and people across the internet are calling him out for it.
Thinking white supremacy is not a real thing is classic white supremacy. https://t.co/KTG9o54cZk
— Anand Giridharadas (@AnandWrites) August 7, 2019
Only white supremacists believe white supremacy is "not a real problem." https://t.co/warBBgUXOM
— Kristen Clarke (@KristenClarkeJD) 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
The El Paso shooter’s manifesto was almost indistinguishable from a Tucker Carlson monologue. 22 people are dead because of the same white supremacist talking points he espouses on TV. Of course Tucker doesn’t think white supremacy is a problem. He’s its spokesperson.
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) August 7, 2019
Carlson routinely perpetuates white supremacy on his show, especially against immigrants. In addition to claiming that immigration makes the United States “poorer and dirtier,” Carlson has referred to Latinx immigration as an “invasion”—the exact word used by the shooter in El Paso.
The internet was quick to fact check Carlson.
Tucker Carlson said last night that white supremacy isn't a "real problem" in the United States. This is almost too ridiculous to fact check, but here are a few numbers from me on the extent of the problem: pic.twitter.com/XFPY3BguD9
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) August 7, 2019
Fox News host Tucker Carlson told his viewers that white supremacy is a hoax perpetrated by the left to divide the United States.
— jordan (@JordanUhl) August 7, 2019
Tucker Carlson’s claim that the threat of domestic white supremacists is a “hoax” is a dangerous lie. Watch FBI Chief pic.twitter.com/hXXfdFDfJA
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) August 7, 2019
Hate crimes across the nation continue to rise.