During a bizarre appearance on The Alex Jones Show, Fox News host Tucker Carlson suggested the Obama administration is engaging in "Nazi stuff" by using ethnic politics, and wants to confiscate all the country's firearms and put people "in jail for even having them."
Jones, America's leading conspiracy theorist, believes the government perpetrated mass catastrophes like the September 11 attacks, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, the Boston Marathon bombing, and several mass shootings. Jones has recently been pushing the conspiracy theory that a military training exercise, Jade Helm, is an attempt to create martial law in the United States (it isn't). Jones is an ally of Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul and helped launch his political career.
Fox News executive vice president Bill Shine has dismissed Jones, saying he "wishes he had a platform on Fox News ... That's not going to happen, so he should stick with trying to locate the black helicopters." Some of Carlson's colleagues have dismissed Jones as a "nut job radio guy" who owns a "radical far-right Web site."
Carlson, who is also the founder and editor in chief of The Daily Caller, claimed during the appearance that progressives use ethnic politics and identity politics to divert attention from their "policy failures." He said the strategy is "really dangerous," comparing it to countries where there is a violent ethnic divide. He said of the Obama administration: "They categorize people by race in a way that, you know, you can't even imagine -- 30 years ago you would have said, 'Wait a second, that's like Nazi stuff.'"
During the segment, Jones wondered if Clinton could survive "the hundreds of scandals," including "all the dead bodies." Carlson replied: "I don't know the answer to that question and I'd like to think we live in a fact-based society where, you know, data actually matter. Where, you know, like the details about the way someone has lived his or her life determine how well that person does, you know what I mean? I want the just to succeed and the wicked to be punished."
Jones and Carlson also exchanged compliments. Jones told Carlson "it's great to see Daily Caller out there and DrudgeReport.com, and WorldNetDaily covering a lot of the same issues we cover, doing a better job in many cases. We do a better job in some. I'm not in competition, I want to save this country."
During a discussion about Jade Helm, Carlson told Jones "there's nobody in the press who is culturally on the same page as you are or I am, for that matter. There's nobody who owns a gun. Nobody goes to church. Nobody's pro-life."
Carlson argued that Jones is unfairly viewed as "crazy" because he's pro-guns, adding: "By the way, you're totally right -- if they, if Congress didn't exist and the White House could do whatever it wanted, you wouldn't have a single firearm in your house. They'd be confiscated and you'd be in jail for even having them. You know that. They don't want you to have guns, period."