Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) trashed Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Wednesday for promoting the racist “replacement theory” that has inspired recent massacres carried out by young white men.
The Senate Majority Leader called Carlson a shameless hate-monger for claiming that liberal policies are a long-term scheme to “replace” white Americans with black and brown immigrants.
“Carlson .. is stoking racial resentment among his viewers,” Schumer said after Carlson delved into the theory on his Tuesday night show. “It’s deranged. It’s dangerous. It’s racist.”
Schumer called on Fox to disown the ugly theory, which calls American demographic changes a liberal plot to undermine the political power of whites.
“It’s dangerous and un-American for one of the biggest news networks in the world to amplify conspiracy theories,” Schumer said, noting that the gunman who killed 10 Black shoppers in a Buffalo grocery store was inspired by the credo.
Carlson regularly discusses “replacement theory” on his show, which is watched by millions of Americans nightly.
The theory is widely promulgated by right-wing extremist groups like the Proud Boys and right-wingers who carried out the 2017 white nationalist march in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Carlson went on a new extended rant about the theory on Tuesday, asserting that a 1965 immigration act was actually part of a heinous plot to transform America.
“Our leaders stopped trying to make the United States a hospitable place for American citizens, their constituents, to have their own families,” Carlson said on the show.
Attempting to show proof, Carlson pointed to the fact that birth rates among those born in the U.S. declined after that, while immigrants who arrived in the country had more children, driving modest overall population growth in the nearly six decades since.
“There’s nothing wrong with more people, but who are they?” Carlson said on the show. “Where do they come from?”
Carlson asserted that President Biden and his Democratic allies value diversity because they hope that surging numbers of non-white Americans will help them take power away from conservative Republicans who rely disproportionately on the votes of older white people who were born in the U.S.