The Anti-Defamation League referred to as on the Fox News host Tucker Carlson to resign in an open letter printed on Friday, accusing him of giving “an impassioned defense of the white supremacist ‘great replacement theory.’”
Mr. Carlson, in an look on Fox News on Thursday, referred scornfully to the time period “white replacement theory,” which describes a racist conspiracy theory well-liked in far-right circles, whereas arguing that the Democratic Party was “trying to replace the current electorate, the voters now casting ballots, with new people, more obedient voters, from the third world.” He added that naturalized residents have been “diluting” the political energy of him and different Americans.
“Everyone wants to make a racial issue out of it, ‘Ooh, the white replacement theory,’” Mr. Carlson went on. “No, no, no, this is a voting rights question. I have less political power because they are importing a brand-new electorate. Why should I sit back and take that? The power that I have as an American, guaranteed at birth, is one man, one vote. And they are diluting it.”
The A.D.L. letter, signed by Jonathan A. Greenblatt, the Jewish advocacy group’s chief government, stated that the language by Mr. Carlson “was not just a dog whistle to racists — it was a bullhorn.”
“This is not legitimate political discourse,” read the letter, addressed to Suzanne Scott, the chief executive of Fox News. “It is dangerous race-baiting, extreme rhetoric And yet, unfortunately, it is the culmination of a pattern of increasingly divisive rhetoric used by Carlson over the past few years.”
Asked on Friday, a consultant for Fox News declined to remark past highlighting Mr. Carlson’s remarks that stated the matter was a voting rights query.
Mr. Carlson has beforehand claimed that white supremacy is a “hoax,” and outstanding corporations distanced themselves from his present final summer season after feedback he made about Black Lives Matter protests.
“This may be a lot of things, this moment we are living through,” Mr. Carlson stated on the time. “But it is definitely not about Black lives, and remember that when they come for you. And at this rate, they will.
The “replacement theory” relies on the notion that white ladies will not be having sufficient kids and that falling birthrates will lead to white individuals around the globe being changed by nonwhite individuals.
An analysis published this week discovered hyperlinks between the idea and people arrested in reference to the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6.
“You see a common pattern in the Capitol insurrectionists,” stated Robert Pape, a professor of political science on the University of Chicago. “They are mainly middle-class to upper-middle-class whites who are worried that, as social changes occur around them, they will see a decline in their status in the future.”