Fox News’s most-watched host went straight to Charlottesville last night:
“The left and all the little gatekeepers on Twitter become literally hysterical if you use the term ‘replacement,’ if you suggest for the Democratic Party is trying to replace the current electorate, the voters now casting ballots, with new people, more obedient voters from the Third World,” Carlson said. “But they become hysterical because that’s what’s happening, actually. Let’s just say it! That’s true.”
“If you change the population, you dilute the political power of the people who live there,” he added later. “So every time they import a new voter, I’d become disenfranchised as a current voter. … Everyone wants to make a racial issue out of it. Oh, White replacement — No. This is a voting rights question. I have less political power because they’re importing a brand new electorate. Why should I sit back and take that?”
It hopefully goes without saying that this rhetoric is dangerous and toxic. It should also be noted that it is also ahistoric and ignorant.
The reason that people get agitated by claiming that “the people who live here” — mostly White people — are being “replaced” is that this is a central tenet of white nationalist rhetoric. Specifically, it’s a framing about immigration that’s specifically meant to agitate racial animus: “They” are taking over, as surely as dirty foreigners named “Lombardi” from uncivilized lands were mucking up the U.S. late in the 19th century.
Carlson has two more kids than I have, yet I do not feel as though his brood has disenfranchised me. The population of the United States has tripled in the last 100 years, a function, among other things, of immigration. Is Carlson arguing that we have, right at this moment, precisely the right amount of dilution in our votes? Or should we rewind the clock to, say, 1859 and exclude the progeny of any new arrivals from that point forward? My kids would get to vote, even if Carlson’s might not be able to. Can’t have the Carlsons diluting the votes of the Bumps!
I am beginning to think that Economic Populism (TM) is not Tucker’s major selling point.
It’s not that Tucker Carlson is a white nationalist, he just thinks that you, the Fox viewer watching at home, should be angry about a globalist cabal trying to replace you with Third World denizens who will make the country poorer and dirtier. But it has nothing to do with race!— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) April 9, 2021
…aaaaaand look who’s stepping up for Tucker:
All of this sucking up from Peter Thiel’s favorite Ivy League-educated venture capitalist and Josh Mandel is going to kick his ass anyway.