Presidential Candidate Mike Gravel Fundraises After Telling Tucker Carlson to F**k Off

The message here is literally "Fuck Tucker Carlson, donate to my campaign."

Former senator and current Democratic presidential nominee Mike Gravel is not a fan of Tucker Carlson. To prove it, his campaign sent out a fundraising email on Wednesday afternoon with the less-than-subtle subject line “Fuck Tucker Carlson.”

The reason for the email is that Carlson recently invited Gravel on his show. Gravel’s campaign, which is pushing an anti-war message that would fit right in with Carlson’s persona as a nationalist opposed to foreign interventions, declined. Then they explained why in the fundraising letter:

The letter condemns Fox for its history of “using xenophobia and white supremacy to sell wars.” It also calls Carlson a “white supremacist” who has encouraged “violence against immigrants, people of color, and the political left.” And as Gravel’s campaign repeated in a later tweet, his appearance on Carlson’s show would be a “tacit endorsement” of his views. Or at least lend them some legitimacy:

Fox News and Carlson himself have been crying for civility in the 2020 campaign. Given their own track record, it seems Gravel’s campaign is not taking them seriously.


Gary Legum has written about politics and culture for Independent Journal Review, Salon, The Daily Beast, Wonkette, AlterNet and McSweeney's, among others. He currently lives in his native state of Virginia.