Fox News host Tucker Carlson denied being a racist or promoting “white supremacy” during a Thursday panel discussion.
Carlson described himself as a Christian who believes that everyone was created by God and, therefore, has value. He told former New York Times reporter Ben Smith he does not look at people as being part of a group; rather, he views people on an individual basis.
Smith, now CEO of Semafor, began his remote interview of Carlson by asking him, “Do you believe white people are superior to other races?”
“No, of course not,” replied Carlson.
Smith responded by saying he wanted to reframe the question, asking the Fox host if he believes White people have some claim on the U.S. that other races do not.
“Of course not,” declared Carlson. “First of all, I’m a Christian, so I believe God made everybody with value in His eyes. The essential value of every person is the same.”
He denied having any personal animus against Black people.
“One hundred percent of the people who I am mad at are well-educated white liberals,” Carlson told Smith. “In my mind, the sort of person I don’t like is a 38-year-old female White lawyer with a barren personal life.’
“That’s who yells at me on airplanes,” he continued, adding that when people call him a racist he responds by saying he hates them. “I’m not mad at Black people, what are you talking about?”
“I dislike you, you’re horrible.”
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The Semafor CEO tried to disprove those remarks by playing a clip from a Fox broadcast where Tucker speaks about the “great replacement theory” and “legacy Americans.” Smith asked Carlson what he considers a legacy American.
“People who were born here,” replied Carlson. “Black people, White people, Hispanic people, Asian people. people who are citizens, people who participate generationally in our system. A lot of them don’t buy the program of the modern Democratic Party because it doesn’t serve them.”
The Fox host noted that the center of the Democratic electoral strategy going forward is to bring in new people who will vote for them. He declared the replacement theory is not something he made up or found on the internet — this is something the Democrats have talked about in great length.
“This is not some crackpot Alex Jones sort of theory,” he said, “this is the strategy of the Democratic Party.”
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