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On the September 12 edition of MSNBC's Tucker, radio host Mark Williams responded to host Tucker Carlson's description of a "friend who is a left-wing lesbian" with the retort: "Got it all going for her, doesn't she?" And Carlson uncritically repeated Wall Street Journal editorial writer Bret Stephens's assertion that liberals "are typically the most reluctant" to fight "Islamic extremism." As blogger Digby noted, in Carlson's account of his conversation with the unnamed friend, Carlson attempted to defend Stephens's premise that liberals have the "most to lose when Islamism wins" by saying to his friend, "When they win, when Al Qaeda takes over the United States, who do you think is going to be the first to be hung up by his or her thumbs? Me or you? No, you. You are."
As Media Matters for America noted, on the same show, Williams called Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) "the Hildebeast" and said that former Vice President Al Gore is "nuts" and "out of his mind."
From the September 12 edition of MSNBC's Tucker:
CARLSON: Well, here's an interesting debate -- I mean, can we -- considering -- wait, let me -- let me stop you right there because, considering the argument that you're having, I think this next story actually may inform it. Bret Stephens in The Wall Street Journal today, you may have seen it, asks what I think is a really interesting question. He writes, quote: "Why is it so frequently the case that ... people who have the most at stake in the battle against Islamic extremism and the most to lose when Islamism wins [sic] -- namely, liberals -- are typically the most reluctant to fight it?"
Alex, that's a fascinating -- I had this conversation with a friend of mine who is a left-wing lesbian, and she was defending, literally, she was defending --
WILLIAMS: Got it all going for her, doesn't she?
CARLSON: No, well, she's a great person, someone I like a lot, but she was essentially defending this lunatic Islamic group. And I said to her, you know, "When they win, when Al Qaeda takes over the United States, who do you think is going to be the first to be hung up by his or her thumbs? Me or you? No, you. You are. Why are you defending them?"
BENNETT: Well, wait. Face it. To begin with, Al Qaeda is not going to take over the United States of America. There aren't enough of them.
CARLSON: No, but I mean you get point.
BENNETT: No, I don't get the point. It's a hypothetical situation.
CARLSON: You think they hate you more or Mark?