Anti-Defamation League calls for Tucker Carlson to be fired
The head of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has called for Fox News host Tucker Carlson to be fired after a segment Thursday that referenced "replacement" theory. Greenblatt was referring to Carlson’s appearance on “Fox News Primetime,” when, talking to columnist Mark Steyn, the host offered a theory on why Democrats are pro-immigration.
“Tucker must go,” the group's CEO Jonathan Greenblatt tweeted Friday.
The ADL head explained that the “Great Replacement” theory "is a white supremacist tenet that the white race is in danger by a rising tide of non-whites.”
“I know that the left and all the little gatekeepers on Twitter become literally hysterical if you use the term ‘replacement,’ if you suggest that the Democratic Party is trying to replace the current electorate…” Carlson said.
“But they become hysterical because that’s what’s happening actually. Let’s just say it. That’s true.”
“I mean, everyone's making a racial issue out of it. Oh, the, you know, white replacement? No, no, this is a voting rights question," Carlson added later, saying changes to the population "dilute the political power" of current registered voters.
Fox News would not comment on Greenblatt’s tweet or the similarities between what Carlson was saying and past white nationalist theories except to point to the host's comments that emphasized "this is a voting rights question."
In addition to Greenblatt’s tweets, the ADL on Friday posted and emailed a letter to Suzanne Scott, the CEO of Fox News, regarding Carlson’s comments.
“Carlson’s full-on embrace of the white supremacist replacement theory on yesterday’s show and his repeated allusions to racist themes in past segments are a bridge too far,” the group wrote. “Given his long record of race-baiting, we believe it is time for Carlson to go.”
The group said that it is the first time it has called for Carlson's ouster. The ADL said it has not yet received a reply from Fox News.
This is not the first time Carlson has come under fire for comments he’s made on the network. In 2019, he drew extensive criticism for claiming the problem of white supremacy in the U.S. was a “hoax.”
Last year, one of the writers for his show "Tucker Carlson Tonight" quit after news broke that he had been posting racist, bigoted remarks in an online forum using a pseudonym.
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