Tucker Carlson widely condemned for racist and nativist remarks about Rep. Ilhan Omar

Tucker Carlson widely condemned for racist and nativist remarks about Rep. Ilhan Omar

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In his July 9 monologue, Tucker Carlson launched a baldly racist and nativist attack on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), a former refugee. Carlson claimed that Omar “has undisguised contempt for the United States and for its people” and that “maybe that's our fault for asking too little of our immigrants.” 

Carlson also suggested that perhaps “we are importing people from places whose values are simply antithetical to ours,” drawing a comparison to the fall of the Roman Empire.

Carlson’s comments were similar to widely condemned remarks about Omar by his Fox News colleague Jeanine Pirro.

Omar responded in stride:

Omar’s colleagues pushed back, and there were multiple calls for Fox to take action on Carlson:

History podcaster Mike Duncan called out Carlson’s false analogy regarding the fall of the Roman Empire:

Many others spoke out against Carlson’s racism:

And yet, many conservatives, including President Donald Trump himself, rallied to Carlson’s defense.

This post has been updated.

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Race & Ethnicity, Religion, Immigration
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Fox News Channel
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Tucker Carlson
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Tucker Carlson Tonight
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