MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes has tired of Fox News propagandist Tucker Carlon’s low-frequency fearmongering of “Replacement Theory,” which is a right-wing belief that President Joe Biden – with the assistance of the Democratic Party – is inundating the United States with refugees from third-world nations because he wants to rid our country of white people.
On Friday night’s edition of All In With Chris Hayes, the namesake host took a wrecking ball to Carlson’s claims, explaining in an impassioned monologue that Replacement Theory is not only racist, but it is also just plain stupid.
After airing footage of Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke and Carlson muttering the same bigoted tropes about immigrants, Hayes broke down why their argument is so ballistically dumb:
Now, I’d like to spell out some of the many reasons why this particular racism isn’t just morally vicious, but deeply stupid. First of all, it’s almost too obvious to state, but I’m going to say it anyway. No one’s being replaced.
If you’re watching me right now, and let’s say the U.S. allowed every one of those Haitians to apply for asylum, you wouldn’t get kicked out of the country. It’s not the way it works. America is not a nightclub where people have to come out before other people can come in. It’s actually a really big country with nearly 330 million people. So a few thousand people are not replacing anyone.
Number two, the David Dukes and the Tucker Carlsons of the world want to portray the people who are trying to come here as – in Tucker’s words – obedient, as mindless drones who are being imported because they will do whatever Democrats tell them. Think about it for just half a second, okay?
These people have done one of the most difficult, ambitious things a human being can do. They left their homes at great personal cost and risk. They crossed thousands of miles to a completely foreign land where most don’t know anyone and don’t speak the language in the slim hope of a better life. Whatever you want to call that, that’s the opposite of obedient. Whatever you want to say about the folks showing up in these conditions, these are go-getters by definition. That’s a much tougher row to hoe than just being a legacy case who cruises on your name and your family connections.
The other part of that claim that does not make any sense is the idea that anyone knows what politics these people believe or how they will vote. One of the remarkable things we saw in 2020 was there were a lot of immigrants who voted for Donald Trump.
‘The New York Times’ wrote: ‘Many areas with large populationa of Latinos and residents of Asian descent, including ones with the highest number of immigrants, had something in common this election, a surge in turnout and a sizeable shift to the right, often a sizeable one.’
You know what? People are complicated, all people, no matter where they come from and what they look like, still human beings, still complicated. What logical reason would the Republican Party or conservatives have to broadly dismiss an opportunity to grow the party or the movement’s base?
And finally, Tucker Carlson is alleging some conspiracy about the Democratic Party to bring ‘new liberal voters in’ but the truth is just about the opposite. I have been covering this issue for 16 years. I wrote a story in 2006 that ended up getting spiked about the McCain-Kennedy comprehensive immigration reform. I’ve been covering it through two Democratic administrations. At no point have Democrats passed comprehensive immigration reform, to legalize 11 million people who are here without legal status, and according to the State Department, from February to the end of August, the US under the Biden Administration has admitted just over 6,000 refugees – in a country of 330 million people. If this is a big conspiracy by the Democrats to import a ton of new voters, they are doing a very bad job at it, aren’t they?
The reality is that the last two Democratic presidents have had pretty strong enforcement-first policy approaches at the border. That was the case under Barack Obama and it’s the case under Joe Biden right now. And of course, the disgusting irony is that that wrong and stupid, racist message about replacement is being pounded into people’s heads so that people like Joe Biden and other Democrats get scared of that reaction and they send these desperate people, who have undertaken one of the most courageous things a person can undertake, back to where they came from. That’s the whole point.
And I’m sorry, but we cannot allow this vicious stupidity to win.
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