A Congressional hearing was held on the rise of White Nationalism in the United States this past Tuesday. According to the Washington Post, counties that hosted a Trump rally saw a 226% rise in hate crimes since the event.
To have Fox News host Tucker Carlson, tell it, however, the rise of white supremacy beliefs is a myth. On his Thursday night show, Carlson claimed that calling out white nationalism is a racist attack on whites.
Carlson began by downplaying the very existence of white nationalism. He told his audience, “There are probably about as many legitimate white nationalists in America as there are Russian spies. You could live your entire life here without running into a white nationalist. No matter what they tell you, this is a remarkably kind and decent country.”
The Fox News host also took offense at claims that White House adviser, Stephen Miller, is a white nationalist. Miller has often come under fire for appealing to the president’s most nativist leanings.
Carlson said of the white nationalist term, “Watch former Georgia politician Stacey Abrams deploy it against White House adviser Stephen Miller. It is terrifying. You would rather be called a cannibal then a white nationalist — and of course, that is exactly the point. That’s why they say it.”
The host claimed that Democrats have weaponized the term. He told his audience, “Nobody likes racists. Nobody wants to be called a racist. The left knows that, so they use the word as a cudgel to beat their political opponents into submission and have their way.”
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