Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson delivered one of his most offensive diatribes in recent memory Monday night. “Elites,” Carlson claimed, are feigning outrage over President Trump’s policy of separating young children from their undocumented parents at our Southern border.
Carlson actually insisted that many of those who say they are outraged by the child snatching “don’t even have children,” as if people can only have empathy if something affects them personally – a hallmark of conservative behavior. He also claimed those who are outraged – two-thirds of all Americans now – should instead be “worried about the collapse of the American family, which is measurable and real.” Apparently he believes the trauma that child psychology experts say will have lifelong effects on these children, is not real.
“In fact,” he continued, these elites on the left “welcome” the collapse of the American family, because “strong families are an impediment to their political power, and that’s why they’re always lecturing you about the patriarchy and the evil of the nuclear family.”
There literally is no one lecturing about the “evil of the nuclear family” – no one says the nuclear family is evil.
In fact, if you Google “evil of the nuclear family” this is what you’d see:
Note that Tucker’s own tweet is at the top, and Google could find only seven references in total – three of them about Carlson’s insane claim.
Carlson then gets to the racism of his diatribe.
“This is one of those moments that tells you everything about our ruling class,” he claims, neglecting to remind his Fox News viewers that “our ruling class” are actually the Republican majority in the House and Senate, the Republican in the White House, and even the Republican majority on the U.S. Supreme Court.
“They care far more about foreigners than about their own people,” he says.
“Their own people.” As if empathy should have borders. Or skin color.
“Millions and millions of American kids are growing up with one parent at home, families separated, thanks to [the elites’] policies, and that’s fine with them.”
Carlson neglected to mention what “elitist” policies are forcing parents to not live together, although apparently those policies are putting parents behind bars.
“So in that way these kids are just like the kids you’ve been watching on television,” he falsely claimed. It’s false because, as sad as it may be that parents who have committed crimes are behind bars, their children weren’t fleeing exponentially worse violence and murder than we see in America. And many of those Carlson is talking about are behind bars for low-level drug offenses, when they should not be. Those aren’t “elitist” policies forcing parents to not live together, those are frequently the Trump administration’s policies.
He also claims that Democrats “are not interested in solutions,” which is also a lie. All 49 Democratic Senators have signed onto a bill that would ban the separation of children from their families. Zero Republicans are supporting it.
Carlson, you’ll remember, is best known for the moment when Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show” got him fired after both mocking and decimating a little show Carlson co-hosted in 2004, on CNN, called “Crossfire.”
Here’s Tucker Carlson’s meltdown from Monday Night’s Fox News show:
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Watch: Trump Laughs, Jokes After Supporter Calls for Shooting Migrants
President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Panama City Beach, Florida Wednesday night was the usual raucous affair – except for one exchange which has many even more outraged than usual.
Complaining to supporters from the Florida panhandle that migrants are trying to enter the U.S. through the Southern border, the President asked, “How do you stop these people?”
One supporter, as The Guardian reported, responded, “Shoot them!”
President Trump laughed, paused, then turned it into an applause line.
“That’s only in the panhandle can you get away with that statement,” Trump proclaimed. As the audience broke out into cheers and applause, Trump, who himself has called labeled immigrants “animals,” repeated: “Only in the panhandle.”
At his rally tonight, Trump says the government is unable to violently attack immigrants, someone in the crowd shouted “Shoot them!”
The crowd & Trump erupt in laughter & cheers. Trump says, “Only in the panhandle can you get away with that statement.”pic.twitter.com/SgQd2OH9ti
— jordan (@JordanUhl) May 9, 2019
White House Aides Scrambling to Deal With Fallout From Trump’s Thinly-Veiled Threat of Violence: Report
Staffers Are Trying to Justify Remarks by Saying ‘That’s Just the Way the President Talks’
White House aides are reportedly struggling to figure out how to “spin” comments the president made prior to the New Zealand mosque massacre that could be viewed as incitements to violence.
In an interview with Breitbart ostensibly about a free speech order he’s about to sign, the president referenced all the “tough” people he has in his corner.
“I can tell you I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump – I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough — until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad,” Trump said. “But the left plays it cuter and tougher.”
CNN host Wolf Blitzer noted the comments were “disturbing” when asking White House correspondent Kaitlin Collins about how things are within the administration.
“Aides behind the scenes were pushing back on this saying, ‘that’s just the way the president talks,’” Collins explained. “That’s something you hear when the president makes a remark like this.”
She added that she wasn’t surprised by what he said because he’s made similar comments “in front of cameras, at rallies and events like that.
“Aides don’t know how to respond to this,” Collins added. “They don’t know how to spin this or anything like that. They hope that this is one of those comments, because the president says so many things, that they can just kind of let go by with the news cycle.”
Dictionary.com Reveals Spike in Searches for This Disturbing Term After Trump’s Thinly-Veiled Threat of Violence
President Donald Trump issued a thinly-veiled threat of fascistic violence this week in an interview with the far right wing website Breitbart. While largely ignored on the right, Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale’s tweet on Thursday highlighting a disturbing quote by the President went viral.
Trump to Breitbart on how the left plays tough: “I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump — I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough — until they go to a certain point and then it would be very bad, very bad.”
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) March 14, 2019
Several experts on authoritarianism and others who closely follow President Trump’s moves and remarks reminded followers on social media Trump’s words are another example of “stochastic terrorism.”
Trump’s rhetoric has already been associated with spikes in hate crimes and extremist violence. The comment below is a prime example of stochastic terrorism, and none of us should
be surprised when it leads to political violence. https://t.co/hBdT1sBH9a
— Caroline Orr (@RVAwonk) March 14, 2019
This, too, must be read as part of Trump’s campaign of stochastic terrorism. He is inviting average people to commit violence on his behalf, but distancing himself from it with the pretense that he’s just stating a “truth” about “the way it is.” https://t.co/0vyV9gIg90
— Melissa McEwan (@Shakestweetz) March 14, 2019
Stochastic terrorism. Incitement. Call it whatever you want, but this alone is a grave abuse of his office.
I repeat: Waffling on #impeachment is a terrible message about whether Dems will defend the Constitution.
This is just another example of how emboldened Trump is. https://t.co/vVotysLPaH
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) March 14, 2019
If you’re like most people, the term “stochastic terrorism” is confusing at best. (So is pronouncing it.)
Clearly, many folks looked it up, because Thursday evening the people at Dictionary.com revealed that searches for the term are trending today on their site:
Trending on https://t.co/OeJELgy3YL: Stochastic terrorism.
It means the public demonization of a person or group resulting in the incitement of a violent act.https://t.co/2xI3HNIjXh
— Dictionary.com (@Dictionarycom) March 14, 2019
The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent explains how Trump’s thinly-veiled threats of violence work:
It’s important to unpack how Trump’s veiled incitement really works.
He isn’t *calling* on his supporters to be violent. He’s just saying, hey, they *might* get violent under certain circumstances, and by golly, you’d better hope it doesn’t!https://t.co/K34XltBT2Y
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) March 14, 2019
Back in January Wired took a look at “stochastic terrorism,” which they define as, “Acts of violence by random extremists, triggered by political demagoguery.”
Bottom line: The President of the United States is engaging in fascistic behavior. Or, if you’d rather, he’s play around with fascism, trying it on seeing how it fits. And it’s becoming clearer and clearer that he thinks it fits just fine.
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