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    Tucker Carlson's Disgusting Rant Against Ilhan Omar Is About One Thing

    Tucker Carlson's Disgusting Rant Against Ilhan Omar Is About One Thing

    It's no surprise to hear it from the Fox News host.


    There are a couple things to keep in mind while viewing the latest edition of Tucker Carlson's White Nationalist Power Hour. The first is that the premier neo-Nazi website, the Daily Stormer, absolutely loves Carlson. He's their favorite pundit, according to a study by BuzzFeed, which found posts from the site's founder, Andrew Anglin, calling Tucker's Fox News offering "basically ‘Daily Stormer: The Show.'" He also called Carlson "literally our greatest ally." That's thanks mostly to the escalating anti-immigrant propaganda Carlson's been serving up, including his diatribe about how immigration is making U.S. cities "dirtier." Anglin was clear why: "Other than the language used, he is covering all of our talking points."

    Another thing to keep in mind is that, even a decade ago—before Donald Trump showed conservatives that they could really say the quiet parts out loud—Carlson was spewing disgusting anti-Muslim vitriol. In 2006, as the United States sunk deeper into a disastrous war in Iraq, Carlson told Florida shock-jock radio host Bubba the Love Sponge that Iraqis were "semiliterate primitive monkeys" who don't "behave like human beings." He expressed disdain for Iraqi culture and, separately, credited "white men" for "creating civilization." Never mind that the area of the Tigris and the Euphrates, home to Syria and Iraq in the modern day, is the cradle of human civilization. Tucker's got a chauvinist point to make for laughs while we bomb 'em!

    All this is to say that his astoundingly racist rant about Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar on Tuesday night was entirely in line with things he's always been willing to say on TV and radio. Carlson just decided to up it a level, calling Omar "living proof that the way we practice immigration has become dangerous to this country."

    It is obviously no coincidence that the right in general, and Carlson in particular, consistently chooses a hijab-wearing Muslim woman as the target for vitriol about the destruction of The America You Know and Love. She is one of four progressive women of color who, while they're certainly outspoken, are the subject of an outsize number of right-wing rage cycles. The replies to any tweet from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are a cesspool of vein-popping hate. It's the same impulse that's so common in interactions online: only Certain People are expected to express opinions in the public square.

    Carlson packages this as an attack on Omar's views and ideology, because she has questioned U.S. imperialism and called out its failures to live up to its founding ideals. (She has also, in response to this segment, called Carlson a "racist fool.") But really, he is asserting she has no right to question these things—that she should just be grateful to be here. This is a crucial undercurrent of Trumpist conservatism, which holds as a fundamental tenet that the United States is a country built by and for white people—in particular, white men—and everybody else should just shut up and take whatever they're given. The idea Omar is not just a U.S. citizen, but a federal official elected by her constituents to debate and make American policy, doesn't seem to figure in.


    More than that is the subtext: Omar will always be The Other—that is, fundamentally un-American. Carlson suggests Omar has failed to "assimilate," as if she did not, again, win a campaign to get elected to the American federal legislature. But the suggestion is that American Values are not religious liberty or freedom of expression or equality before the law, but something...else. "Maybe we're importing people from places whose values are simply antithetical to ours," Carlson said, and then you begin to see the undercurrents. It's code. His viewers' brains were firing by this point. Sharia Law!

    (Also, you might notice Carlson kept referring to the immigration of human beings as "importing," as if we're talking about cheap plastic goods from China. The goal is to dehumanize people, just as it is when you refer to them as "illegals," thereby reducing them to an immigration status.)

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    Billy you are one of the most gullible people I know. You actually believe this tripe. Sad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy Jingo View Post

    All this is to say that his astoundingly racist rant about Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar on Tuesday night was entirely in line with things he's always been willing to say on TV and radio. Carlson just decided to up it a level, calling Omar "living proof that the way we practice immigration has become dangerous to this country."
    How many potential suiciders should we let into this country?

    Carlson packages this as an attack on Omar's views and ideology, because she has questioned U.S. imperialism and called out its failures to live up to its founding ideals. (She has also, in response to this segment, called Carlson a "racist fool.") But really, he is asserting she has no right to question these things—that she should just be grateful to be here.
    Yes. She should. Otherwise what would she be?[/quote]

    More than that is the subtext: Omar will always be The Other—that is, fundamentally un-American.
    America's Constitution sure as heck wasn't built on some muslim laws.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 80zephyr View Post
    Billy you are one of the most gullible people I know. You actually believe this tripe. Sad.
    You don't think Carlson said any of those things? Or he said them but didn't mean them (satire, or whatever Alex Jones claims his shtick is?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Servo View Post
    You don't think Carlson said any of those things? Or he said them but didn't mean them (satire, or whatever Alex Jones claims his shtick is?)
    I stopped reading the Esquire piece at the first sentence. Since that essay was published, Carlson has spent another show drilling down on the subject. I looked up Carlson's commentary:
    Like many of you, we’ve been watching with amazement and alarm as the leaders of the Democratic Party, day after day, attack the country they say they want to govern.

    It’s remarkable, and a very new development. Just a few years ago, even the most liberal Democrats in Congress felt obligated to say patriotic things about America. They may not have felt it, but they said it. Now, it’s routine to hear Democratic presidential candidates question the basic legitimacy of the United States.

    Even supposed moderates, like Joe Biden, join in.

    That should worry you. No country can survive being ruled by people who hate it. We deserve better. For all of our country’s flaws, this is still the best place in the world. Most immigrants know that and that is why they come here. It's also why we've always been glad to have them here.

    But now, there are signs that some people who move here from abroad don't like this country at all. As we told you last night, one of those people now serves in our Congress.

    Think about that for a minute. Our country rescued Ilhan Omar from the single poorest place on Earth. We didn't do it for the money, we did it because we are kind people. How did she respond to the remarkable gift we gave her?

    She scolded us, called us names, showered us with contempt. It's infuriating. More than that, it is also ominous. The United States admits more immigrants more than any other country on Earth, more than a million every year. The Democratic Party demand we increase that by and admit far more. OK, Americans like immigrants, but immigrants have got to like us back.

    That's the key, it's essential. Otherwise, the country falls apart.

    We made that point last night. We will continue to make that point because it's true and it's important to say it out loud even if no one else is willing to.

    Needless to say, the left went berserk....
    I think this transcript leaves out some incidentals. The video is at the link.

    The race card is just the reflexive left-wing response. Everything critical of anything is racist. White supremacist, etc. AOC even called Pelosi racist just now.

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    Think about that for a minute. Our country rescued Ilhan Omar from the single poorest place on Earth. We didn't do it for the money, we did it because we are kind people. How did she respond to the remarkable gift we gave her?

    She scolded us, called us names, showered us with contempt. It's infuriating. More than that, it is also ominous. The United States admits more immigrants more than any other country on Earth, more than a million every year. The Democratic Party demand we increase that by and admit far more. OK, Americans like immigrants, but immigrants have got to like us back.
    Note: she lives in a place where she could get elected by people just like her. People right here in America.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newman View Post
    The race card is just the reflexive left-wing response. Everything critical of anything is racist. White supremacist, etc. AOC even called Pelosi racist just now.

    A stopped clock is still right twice a day, and there is no better example of white nationalist racism than Tucker Carlson.

    You'll note the lack of the usual suspects on here jumping to the defense of a fellow conservative, because I think even the rage-gasm right wingers realize he's a bit crazy with his views.

    I've seen enough of his ranting on Twitter and YouTube — in context — to know that this article is exactly right in that he views outsiders as "the other" and less than human. He and Trump are normalizing this sort of language, and the fact that people are quiet about it on the right speaks volumes about the intents behind the political beliefs, IMHO.

    The difference between Carlson and that Muslim broad is she criticizes because this is her country and she wants to make it better. Carlson criticizes because he wants to repress and oppress. To acknowledge the brown people as equals means losing the white man's grip on power, and (far too many) conservatives are livid at the very concept.
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    I don't agree, Tom. I've had a chance to watch more, and his monologues are very plainspoken, without nuance. Friends are friends, enemies are enemies; there are no "friends across the aisle."

    Our times are as sharply divided as I can remember, such that each side accuses the other of believing in fiction.

    But, he views outsiders as "the other" and less than human, as you write? And normalizing this sort of language makes me ask, exactly what language?

    I don't see it; didn't hear it. If you have words you can quote to shore up that point I'm happy to look.
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    "Full disclosure," as they say. I think Omar is a fraud and a huckster in the Al Sharpton tradition of hate mongering. I think she was elected because she reflects the views of her constituents, antisemitism and all, and she herself is a subversive in pursuit of influence.

    But I think it's a common and serious mistake to dehumanize opponents. Convincing yourself that Trump or Omar is stupid will invite laziness in responding. (Trump hasn't been tagged with the usual "dehumanizing" metaphor of being the puppet of some evil genius, Cheney or Rove, for example; like Obama the Manchurian president....)
    "I think you called me a liar on national TV." —Elizabeth Warren. "Well, duh." —Bernie Sanders, shoulda said.

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    The difference between Carlson and that Muslim broad is she criticizes because this is her country and she wants to make it better. Carlson criticizes because he wants to repress and oppress. To acknowledge the brown people as equals means losing the white man's grip on power, and (far too many) conservatives are livid at the very concept.
    How is this "her country"? Did she come here willing to build anything? Strike out in a covered wagon despite the hardships? Or did she come here because of American hand-outs?
    Where does she live? Oh, yeah in an enclave of other religious nuts from Africa, just like her self.

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