While the other cable news networks were leading off the 8 PM hour with coverage of EPA chief Scott Pruitt’s resignation amid countless ethics scandals, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson began his show by claiming that something had to be done about leftist extremism.
Tucker started things off by citing a repurposed Vox piece and Alan Dershowitz getting shunned by the Martha’s Vineyard cocktail party crowd to state that liberals had been driven mad by Donald Trump’s election. Having told his viewers earlier this week that he was going to scare them with tales of the extreme Democratic Party over the coming months, Carlson proceeded to discuss the July 4th Statue of Liberty protest.
“Signs of growing extremism in this country on the left are everywhere,” he declared ominously. “Just yesterday, a Congolese immigrant shut down the Statue of Liberty — our Statue of Liberty — to protest the Trump administration’s immigration policies. The left applauded that.”
Showing images of Therese Okoumou on the base of Lady Liberty, the conservative commentator followed that up with this
“Congo is a war-ravaged hellscape, a country noted for mass rape and cannibalism. Imagine escaping a country like that, and being welcomed in our country, the United States. You would be grateful, wouldn’t you? Many Congolese are grateful. This person is not grateful at all. She took over one of our monuments to scream about how racist we are, and progressives support her. They have gone insane.”
But Tucker wasn’t satisfied with just calling Okoumo an ungrateful guest from a shithole country. He had to tie this in to his main argument — one you hear a lot if you watch Tucker Carlson Tonight on a regular basis — that Democrats and liberals are using immigration to massively transform the country so they can seize control.
Turning to passages from a new book that calls on Democrats to fight dirty in order to gain the majority in American politics, Tucker highlighted one paragraph in particular to prove his point.
“As [Daniel] Faris puts it in the book,” he said. “Quote, ‘Republicans have always feared that immigration would change the character of American society. Democrats should reward them with their very worst nightmare.’ Remember that paragraph. It is the blueprint for what we are about to see.”
Carlson concluded, “They’re going to tell you it’s about civil rights, or about some other principle that they pretend to care about, but they are lying. It’s about seizing power and holding it. That’s their only aim, they’re deadly serious about it. While you were grilling in the backyard last night, they were plotting, in effect, a coup.”
So how was Carlson’s show-opening monologue received? I’ll let the Washington Post’s Matt O’Brien tell you.
People freak out about Richard Spencer, but Tucker Carlson is by far the most influential white nationalist there is https://t.co/NJcgaOmf7E
— Matt O'Brien (@ObsoleteDogma) July 6, 2018
Watch the clip below, via Media Matters.