Tucker Carlson says fighting voter suppression is "a terror tactic" used "to whip up racial hysteria"
Carlson: “Racializing everything only makes people hate each other”
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From the April 9 edition of Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight:
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TUCKER CARLSON (HOST): Lowering the voting age for 16, you for that?
RICHARD GOODSTEIN: Again, I think what we are trying to do with HR-1 is safeguard against voter suppression. You think it's a joke. In a lot of states in the country --
CARLSON: I think it's a joke to say that that children should vote.
GOODSTEIN: Look, in a lot of states in the country, people are taking measures -- closing polling places, reducing the number of days for early vote, well --
CARLSON: That's not true. It's an attempt to whip up racial hysteria, and actually, African-American voters in the last couple of elections, in a lot of places, have a much higher turnout than white voters. So, like, the idea that there's -- I'm sure that there is crummy voting behavior, maybe even suppression in isolated places, but overall, that's the opposite of the truth, actually, as you know.
GOODSTEIN: No, because I think they would be voting in bigger numbers, still, if they were --
CARLSON: They have a higher turnout than white voters. I mean, what -- so, let's not -- let's be real for a second. Like, that's not -- that may be a lot of things, that's not suppression. So, let's stop saying that, because that scares people.
GOODSTEIN: Well, no. It's a demonstrable fact. Take Georgia, for example, where you know what happened. There were all these people that were stripped from the voter rolls, who were disproportionately black. I mean, you call that what you want, it's -- it feels like voter suppression.
CARLSON: Racializing everything only makes people hate each other. There is bias in the country, let's expose it, but saying there is suppression when African-American voters vote in a higher percentage than white voters, it's just -- it's a terror tactic.