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Tucker Carlson’s descent into white supremacy: A timeline

Since the early days of his tenure as a Fox prime-time host, Tucker Carlson’s unabashed championing of white grievances earned him the accolades of neo-Nazis, who praised him as a “one man gas chamber” and complimented the way he “lampshad[ed] Jews on national television.” While Carlson claims to have nothing in common with neo-Nazis and white supremacists, he constantly echoes their talking points on his show and was very reluctant to condemn white supremacists following their deadly 2017 demonstration in Charlottesville, VA. In fact, Carlson’s racist roots can be traced back more than a decade.

Here’s a timeline of the public devolution of Tucker Carlson’s thinly veiled racism into full-throated white supremacy:

July 6, 2007: Carlson said President Barack Obama “sounds like a pothead.” During his tenure as a host on MSNBC, Carlson discussed a speech then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) gave during his first presidential campaign, asking, “How high is this guy?” and if “he always talks between bong hits.”

August 24, 2007: Carlson called the NAACP “a sad joke that should be shut down.” Carlson discussed former NFL player Michael Vick’s guilty plea to dogfighting charges and asserted that the NAACP was defending Vick. Carlson called the organization “a sad joke that should be shut down, I think, immediately for the sake of everybody.”

January 11, 2010: Carlson said that when Democrats say then-Sen. Harry Reid supports civil rights, “what they’re saying is he’s for racial set-asides.” While criticizing Democrats who defended then-Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) after he made racist remarks about Obama, Carlson claimed on Fox News Reid supported “racial set-asides.” During a guest appearance on Fox News’ Happening Now, Carlson said, “I’m amazed by the number of Democrats, though, you hear saying, ‘We support Reid because he supports civil rights,’ as if his opponents don’t support civil rights, as if there’s any mainstream figure in American life who’s against civil rights. Everybody’s for civil rights. What they’re saying is he’s for racial set-asides, therefore, given that pay-off he gets a pass when he uses the phrase ‘Negro dialect.’”
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July 6, 2007: Carlson said President Barack Obama “sounds like a pothead.” During his tenure as a host on MSNBC, Carlson discussed a speech then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) gave during his first presidential campaign, asking, “How high is this guy?” and if “he always talks between bong hits.”

August 24, 2007: Carlson called the NAACP “a sad joke that should be shut down.” Carlson discussed former NFL player Michael Vick’s guilty plea to dogfighting charges and asserted that the NAACP was defending Vick. Carlson called the organization “a sad joke that should be shut down, I think, immediately for the sake of everybody.”

January 11, 2010: Carlson said that when Democrats say then-Sen. Harry Reid supports civil rights, “what they’re saying is he’s for racial set-asides.” While criticizing Democrats who defended then-Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) after he made racist remarks about Obama, Carlson claimed on Fox News Reid supported “racial set-asides.” During a guest appearance on Fox News’ Happening Now, Carlson said, “I’m amazed by the number of Democrats, though, you hear saying, ‘We support Reid because he supports civil rights,’ as if his opponents don’t support civil rights, as if there’s any mainstream figure in American life who’s against civil rights. Everybody’s for civil rights. What they’re saying is he’s for racial set-asides, therefore, given that pay-off he gets a pass when he uses the phrase ‘Negro dialect.’”
skow / Media Matters
July 6, 2007: Carlson said President Barack Obama “sounds like a pothead.” During his tenure as a host on MSNBC, Carlson discussed a speech then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) gave during his first presidential campaign, asking, “How high is this guy?” and if “he always talks between bong hits.”

August 24, 2007: Carlson called the NAACP “a sad joke that should be shut down.” Carlson discussed former NFL player Michael Vick’s guilty plea to dogfighting charges and asserted that the NAACP was defending Vick. Carlson called the organization “a sad joke that should be shut down, I think, immediately for the sake of everybody.”

January 11, 2010: Carlson said that when Democrats say then-Sen. Harry Reid supports civil rights, “what they’re saying is he’s for racial set-asides.” While criticizing Democrats who defended then-Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) after he made racist remarks about Obama, Carlson claimed on Fox News Reid supported “racial set-asides.” During a guest appearance on Fox News’ Happening Now, Carlson said, “I’m amazed by the number of Democrats, though, you hear saying, ‘We support Reid because he supports civil rights,’ as if his opponents don’t support civil rights, as if there’s any mainstream figure in American life who’s against civil rights. Everybody’s for civil rights. What they’re saying is he’s for racial set-asides, therefore, given that pay-off he gets a pass when he uses the phrase ‘Negro dialect.’”
skow / Media Matters
July 6, 2007: Carlson said President Barack Obama “sounds like a pothead.” During his tenure as a host on MSNBC, Carlson discussed a speech then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) gave during his first presidential campaign, asking, “How high is this guy?” and if “he always talks between bong hits.”

August 24, 2007: Carlson called the NAACP “a sad joke that should be shut down.” Carlson discussed former NFL player Michael Vick’s guilty plea to dogfighting charges and asserted that the NAACP was defending Vick. Carlson called the organization “a sad joke that should be shut down, I think, immediately for the sake of everybody.”

January 11, 2010: Carlson said that when Democrats say then-Sen. Harry Reid supports civil rights, “what they’re saying is he’s for racial set-asides.” While criticizing Democrats who defended then-Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) after he made racist remarks about Obama, Carlson claimed on Fox News Reid supported “racial set-asides.” During a guest appearance on Fox News’ Happening Now, Carlson said, “I’m amazed by the number of Democrats, though, you hear saying, ‘We support Reid because he supports civil rights,’ as if his opponents don’t support civil rights, as if there’s any mainstream figure in American life who’s against civil rights. Everybody’s for civil rights. What they’re saying is he’s for racial set-asides, therefore, given that pay-off he gets a pass when he uses the phrase ‘Negro dialect.’”
April 27, 2010: Carlson said Obama was “using racial anxiety” similar to “Nixon’s Southern strategy” for “political gain.” Carlson claimed that a video message from Obama should be interpreted as him saying, “You have reason to fear on racial grounds, therefore vote for me.”

July 20, 2010: Carlson said Rev. Jeremiah Wright was the “one story” that could’ve destroyed Obama and compared Wright to a Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan. Carlson told Fox’s Sean Hannity that the ABC News story that revealed that sermons of Obama’s pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, included incendiary remarks about terrorist attacks in the United States, was Obama’s “Achilles’ heel” and “that’s why they decided to lie about it.” He then decried nonexistent double standards by saying, “Had this been a white Republican consorting with a [KKK] Grand Dragon,” the press would have covered that story more than they did Wright’s sermons.

September 6, 2010: Carlson claimed the NAACP is “totally discredited, some would say pathetic.” During a segment on Fox & Friends about the NAACP sponsoring a website that monitored the conservative Tea Party movement for racism and extremism, the host asked Carlson: “Is there some political gain by proving that there is racism amongst the Tea Party? … There has to be toward some end.” Carlson responded, “The end is keeping Democrats in power.” He went on to refer to the NAACP as “totally discredited, some would say pathetic.”

April 6, 2013: Carlson said that a Phoenix, AZ, diversity program was informed by “the same rationale that propped up Jim Crow for 80 years.” While hosting Fox’s Fox & Friends Saturday, Carlson claimed an initiative by the city of Phoenix, AZ, that looked to hire more minorities as lifeguards was done “in the service of the diversity cult.” He also asserted that the city’s intentions of hiring more lifeguards from the same minority communities who usually swam in the public pools was “the same rationale that propped up Jim Crow for 80 years, right? You want to swim in a pool with people that look like you.”

November 2, 2014: Carlson advocated for “an older white guy-appreciation day.” While discussing the 2014 midterm elections, Carlson noted that white men had “done a lot for this country,” speaking “as one of them.” Carlson advocated for “an older white guy-appreciation day,” naming penicillin as an example of their contributions.

May 19, 2015: Carlson told conspiracy theorist Alex Jones that the Obama administration was pushing “Nazi” politics. During a guest appearance on The Alex Jones Show, Carlson told host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones that the Obama administration was engaging in “Nazi stuff” by using ethnic politics.

May 29, 2015: Carlson called the relocation of a statue at St. Louis University that depicted Native Americans kneeling to a white missionary an “act of racism.” On Fox’s Fox & Friends, Carlson criticized the relocation and called the statue’s detractors “wholly ignorant.”

September 13, 2015: Carlson said CBS late night host Stephen Colbert wearing a Black Lives Matter wristband showed “he’s so rich, famous celebrity guy so totally out of touch, he doesn’t fully understand what that represents.” During the weekend edition of Fox & Friends, Carlson criticized Colbert’s support of the Black Lives Matter movement and suggested Colbert supports the “idea behind all the groups … that you divide people on the basis of their skin color and say, ‘This one group of people’s lives matter.’ Everybody’s life matters. Period.”

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