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Tucker Carlson: White Supremacy in US Is a ‘Hoax.’ Really, Tucker?

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Popular Fox TV Host Tucker Carlson (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Popular Fox TV Host Tucker Carlson (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Popular Fox TV Host Tucker Carlson recently called the problem of white supremacy in America a “hoax.” Really, Tucker?!

In a spot that aired just three days after a Texas man killed 22 people in an El Paso Walmart after decrying  a “Hispanic invasion,” Carlson maintained that white supremacy is actually not a problem in the U.S.

Not only is it a “hoax” similar to the Russian hoax, according to Tucker Carlson, but a “conspiracy theory used to divide the country and keep a hold on power.” (Whose power, we’ll get to later).

As proof that he is right, Carlson says he has lived in America for 50 years and doesn’t know a single person who is a white supremacist.

Serious stats, there.

And here’s more serious stats from Tucker Carlson: “The combined membership of every white supremacist organization in this country would be able to fit inside a football stadium,” he says.

Obviously white supremacism is a problem in America, considering the events of the last year:

  • Patrick Wood Crusius drove his car 650 miles from his home in Allen, Texas, uploaded an anti-immigrant manifesto on line and shot 22 people in the Mexican border town of El Paso
  • Less than a week before the El Paso shootings, Santino William Legan shot and killed three people at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California after previously promoting white supremacist/anti-Semitic ideology online
  • Robert Gregory Bowers shot 11 people dead at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh in October 2018, after posting “HIAS [Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society] likes to bring invaders in that kill our people. I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I’m going in.”
  • John Earnest shot and killed one at the Poway, California Synagogue last April, after he published an online manifesto that included a nod to the New Zealand mosque attack in March 2019 and the Pittsburgh synagogue attack. Earnest’s manifesto also took responsibility for an arson attack at a mosque in neighboring Escondido
  • Nolan Brewer, a Nazi supporter, planned to set fire to a synagogue in Carmel, Indiana in July 2018, but got spooked by the building’s security cameras and lights. Instead, he and his wife defaced the wall of the synagogue with Nazi symbols and burned the grounds with homemade napalm.
  • Conor Climo, a security guard who was a member of the white supremacist organization Atomwaffen, was arrested late last week. He told police he considered “various” ways to attack Jewish people over the past two years, including a plan to “mobilize an eight-man sniper platoon to conduct a shooting attack on Jewish people either at a Las Vegas synagogue or any other area of opportunity.” Climo, a former Army engineer, had a bomb making factory with chemicals, fuses, other explosive components, converted automatic weapons and schematics of Jewish synagogues and gay friendly bars he planned to attack, according to a FBI criminal affidavit.
  • Wesley David Gilreath, a Colorado man who was arrested last week on child pornography charges, was a white supremacist who posted online “hunting guides” for Jews and other minorities
  • Matthew Q. Gebert, a State Department employee, was suspended after he was outed as “Coach Finstock,” the pseudonym he uses as a white supremacist activist. Speaking on “The Fatherland,” a white supremacist podcast, Gebert said in May 2018, “We need a country founded for white people with a nuclear deterrent. And you watch how the world trembles.” Gebert joined the State Department in 2013 as a presidential management fellow, a prestigious program whose purpose is to “[develop] a cadre of potential government leaders.”

Perhaps Tucker Carlson is right that the number of white supremacists in America would fit into a football stadium (my college one held over 100,000). The truth is, we really don’t know.

But Carlson is missing the point and as a consequence, denying the reality of the problem. As opposed to radical Islamist terrorists, which operate from a top-down approach – joining and getting instructions from big-name jihadi groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda, white supremacists are forming from the bottom up.

This is the observation by Clint Watts, a fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. Watts writes,

“Lacking a central core leadership, white supremacists emerge from grass roots, online organizing. Each attack inspires another one leading to a global network of online supporters spreading the ideology and offering technical and tactical assistance when possible to further additional attacks.

“Whereas jihadists needed money, training, weapons, and access to targets, white supremacists have easy access to African-American, Jewish, Muslim, LGBT, and other minority group targets; enough money to self-finance attacks; and plenty of weapons at their disposal.”

The mosque shooter over the weekend in Norway, Philip Manshaus, posted a meme featuring three “heroes” of the white supremacist movement: Brenton Tarrant, the New Zealand mosque shooter who killed 51 Muslims, the Pittsburgh Tree of Life synagogue shooter and the perpetrator of the recent El Paso massacre.

The 21-year-old Manshaus described himself as “chosen” by “Saint [Brenton] Tarrant.”

“My time is up, I was chosen by Saint Tarrant after all … We can’t let this continue, you gotta bump the race war threat in real life … it’s been fun,” he posted.

“We are now no longer talking about one-off events, but a loosely coordinated chain of Far-Right attacks across the world, where members of these networks inspire – and challenge – each other to beat each others’ body counts,” Peter Neumann, professor of security studies at King’s College London, said to The Guardian.

“The ultimate motivation … is to launch a race war. The aim is to carry out attacks, claim responsibility, explain your action, and inspire others to follow.”

Tucker Carlson thinks that focusing on the “non-problem” of white supremacy takes us away from the real problems in America which he sees as increasing poverty and the suicide rate, among others.

He sees the focus on white supremacy in America as a “conspiracy theory used to divide the country and keep a hold on power.”

By this he means that the issue is being used by the hysterical “never-Trump” Left-wing politicians and media to accuse the president of being a racist.

On the latter, he is right, but it doesn’t negate the fact that the problem of white supremacy in America is real, growing and deadly serious.

Carlson needs to walk back these statements and offer an apology to his listeners.

 

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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org

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