Tucker Carlson: Trump can't be racist against Puerto Ricans because they self-identify as being white

Tucker Carlson: Trump can't be racist against Puerto Ricans because they self-identify as being white 

Carlson: "As a factual matter, Puerto Rico is 75 percent white"

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From the October 19 edition of Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight: 

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TUCKER CARLSON (HOST): As a factual matter, Puerto Rico is 75 percent white, according to the U.S. Census. So, I'm not sure how it's -- I'm reading the Census numbers. I'm not sure how that's racist. I mean, maybe he doesn't like Puerto Ricans or maybe he did a bad job, that's all fair, but racist?

[...]

Look, I'm not defending the federal response to anything. I would never do that. I always assume it is going to be lame and late, although, by the way, the DOD and FEMA were there before the storm, just so you know.

But the race angle bothers me because it is unfounded, it makes people hate each other, and it's just stupid. This is a place that is more white than many U.S. states, including our biggest state, California, including Texas.

Previously

Breitbart editor-in-chief asks if "culturally there was an issue" making Puerto Rico unprepared for Hurricane Maria

Fox regular: Democrats “want another Katrina" in Puerto Rico “for optics”

Far-right media make up Puerto Rican truck strike to absolve Trump over Hurricane Maria response

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