Tucker Carlson is no stranger to claims of racial insensitivity. The Fox host had repeatedly lost advertisers after making controversial and racist comments on his prime-time show. And in early July, Carlson’s head writer, Blake Neff, was fired for posting bigoted comments on white supremacist message boards.
None of this, however, has prevented Carlson from feeling that white people are being improperly persecuted. After the NRCC referred to a Conservative pundit as Karen, the Fox host claimed that they were using an “ethnic slur.”
Republican fundraising arms have frequently been criticized for their aggressive fundraising techniques. This included spamming donors cell phones with multiple text messages.
Columnist Kurt Schlichter posted one of the text chains, writing, “Hey NRCC, WTF is wrong with you? Stop this. Do it now.”
The group, tasked with raising money for Republican congressional candidates, replied, “This text raised $198,021 toward electing conservatives to Congress. But we’ll certainly pass your complaints on to our manager, Karen.”
This text raised $198,021 toward electing conservatives to Congress. But we'll certainly pass your complaints on to our manager, Karen. https://t.co/ayRbnMq0PP
— NRCC (@NRCC) July 27, 2020
Carlson was angered by the response, taking to Twitter to ask, “Anyone know why the NRCC is using ethnic slurs?”
Anyone know why the NRCC is using ethnic slurs? https://t.co/he7Au7yZ0e
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) July 27, 2020
The Fox host wasn’t the only prominent Republican to take severe umbrage with the exchange. Far-Right journalist Cassandra Fairbanks commented, “Karen is a slur against white women. Who ever runs this account should be fired.”
Even a United States congressman felt compelled to get involved in the drama. Adam Kinzinger, who represents Illinois 16th District, tweeted, “Also the Karen thing was funny for a couple weeks, now it’s way overplayed.”
Also the Karen thing was funny for a couple weeks, now it’s way overplayed.
— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) July 27, 2020
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