Tucker Carlson claims there are "no organised white surpremacist forces" in America
Controversial Fox News host Tucker Carlson has once again sparked a wave of public condemnation online – this time over previous comments on domestic terrorism which have resurfaced following a shooting in Buffalo, New York on Saturday.
US president Joe Biden said in a statement: “Any act of domestic terrorism, including an act perpetrated in the name of a repugnant white nationalist ideology, is antithetical to everything we stand for in America.”
According to investigators, suspect Payton Gendron – who was arraigned and charged with murder in the first degree on Saturday, to which he has pleaded not guilty - livestreamed the massacre online and uploaded a manifesto on white supremacy.
However, it is comments from Mr Biden warning of domestic terrorism which Carlson has targeted in the past, with a video from an episode of Tucker Carlson Tonight in January being reshared to social media on Saturday night.
“Where exactly is all this ‘criminal white supremacy’, this right-wing domestic terrorism that poses ‘the most lethal terrorist threat in the homeland’?
Hey @TuckerCarlson, white supremacist terrorism DOES exist. And it manifested itself once again this afternoon at a grocery store in Buffalo. And because it exists, ten innocent souls are gone.https://twitter.com/acyn/status/1525584305593802752\u00a0\u2026
Of all the lies from Tucker Carlson, this January claim that criminal white supremacy and right-wing domestic terrorism \u201cdoesn\u2019t exist\u201d was always one of the most brazen.https://twitter.com/acyn/status/1525584305593802752\u00a0\u2026
Others have pointed out that the manifesto which was reportedly authored by the suspect contains comments about the so-called ‘White Replacement Theory' - a racist conspiracy theory which claims the US government is “trying to replace the current electorate … with new people, more obedient voters from the third world”:
A self-described white supremecist traveled to a black neighborhood and murdered 10 people today, leaving behind a manifesto on the Great Replacement theory \u2014 a racist conspiracy theory endorsed repeatedly by Tucker Carlson, the nation\u2019s most-watched political pundit
There will probably be a lot of talk in the coming days about whether Tucker Carlson and other right wing pundits and politician who promote white replacement theory intended to foment massacres, and it\u2019s very important to remember that what they intended doesn\u2019t matter at all.https://twitter.com/briantylercohen/status/1525581101623758848\u00a0\u2026
NEW: A mass shooter in Buffalo, NY who killed at least 10 people had posted a manifesto online espousing the White Replacement Theory, per @BNONews.\n\nWhite Replacement Theory has been long promoted and championed by Tucker Carlson on Fox News.pic.twitter.com/LaO82WpzfH
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@Brian Tyler Cohen)
With Tucker Carlson Tonight airing on weekdays, the Fox News host is yet to comment on Saturday’s Buffalo shooting on his TV show, and has not responded to the current outcry on Twitter.
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