Tucker Carlson’s nighttime toxicity poisons his brain
Tucker Carlson continues to lose him. I saw him lose it for a while. Its white nationalism is on display every night. But he speeds it up when he pushes his “big replacement theory,” which argues that white Americans are “replaced” by non-white immigrants, and Democrats push open immigration policies to speed it up – because they expect these non-whites to vote for them, giving them an eternal lock on political power.
On Tuesday night’s show, he went one step further by calling the Democrats’ alleged plans a “voter package”, saying “the Democratic Party’s immigration policy is to change the population of states. -United in a way that ensures she wins every election in the future ”. he told his Fox News audience on Tuesday. “It’s an attack on democracy. Devalues your vote.
Oddly, he claimed to find proof of this “voter wrap” in a piece in Washington post columnist Jennifer Rubin on why Democrats shouldn’t give up on Texas, politically. (He also called her “the dumbest person to ever have a newspaper column”; he never had one.) Carlson read a brief quote from the column:
“Democratic hopes that demographics would deliver Texas were not false, but perhaps just premature. The 2020 congressional races suggested that while the fight for Hispanic votes remains competitive, the sprawling suburbs around major Texas cities are increasingly subdued. “
And that was his proof:
“In other words,” sings Jen Rubin, “the big replacement plan is working! ” he said. “It’s helping the Democratic Party! Exactly!”
Um, no, that’s not – not the point of the Democratic Party’s immigration policies, or Rubin’s column.
Even the excerpt read aloud by Carlson contradicted his own shrill assertion. If “the fight for the Hispanic vote remains competitive” – and indeed, Republicans gained ground with Latino voters as well as black voters in 2020 – it shows that the “Hispanic” vote is not reliably blue, as some analysts had predicted it was inevitable. There is no demographic determinism in Rubin’s sensitive column; rather the opposite.
She goes on to find reasons for electoral optimism, for Texas Democrats, in surprising places – among Republicans. Two-thirds of Texas GOP voters believe abortion should be legal at least in rape and incest cases, including a majority of Republicans; Texas’ disgraceful new law makes it illegal. Texas Governor Greg Abbott is increasingly unpopular, even with GOP voters, and he has major Republican challengers. Opinions are changing even on guns, she wrote, citing polls showing a majority of voters in Texas support more gun safety laws.
But the purpose of the column was, I think, to make the case that the lieutenant governor candidacy of Matthew Dowd, a former Republican like her, is a chance to keep sane Republicans away from Trumpism (and Lt. Gov. Trumpy from the Texas Dan Patrick) and towards the moderates. Democrats in 2022. Fairness compels me to note that Dowd will have a main challenger in longtime Texas Democrat Mike Collier, who came close to 4.8 points from beating Patrick four years ago, and possibly d ‘others.
Still: the whole point of the column was to show unexpected places where Texas Democrats could win votes, especially now that the Latin American vote has increasingly Republican cohorts.
So, does Tucker’s nighttime toxicity warp his brain and make it impossible to read and reason? Was he just excited that he could blow up a woman on the air, call her stupid, and belittle her with a little nickname, “Jen”? Oh, and describe his measured handwriting as singing?
Carlson has previously described his paranoia of the replacement theory as part of Joe Biden’s grand plan, but in his account, it’s because “replacements” are “more obedient:”
“His policy is called the great replacement, the replacement of the legacy of the Americans with more obedient people from faraway lands. They brag about it all the time, but if you dare to say that it happens, they will yell at you with maximum hysteria.
“More obedient? At other times, Carlson portrayed immigrants as criminals. Understand, Tucker.
Tough Tucker has repeatedly fended off criticism of his replacement nonsense. When the ADL demanded he be fired for it last month, he hit back “Fuck them” in an interview with Megyn Kelly. Tuesday evening, he described his detractors as “liars and dummies”. He is fearless.
It is also, more and more, unbalanced. The replacement theory became somewhat familiar to Americans in 2017, when these Nazis in khaki, carrying their mother’s Tiki torches, strangely paraded and chanted “You won’t replace us,” interspersed with “The Jews won’t replace us. In Charlottesville. Replacement theory is a bizarre intersection of ugly racism and backward misogyny. Part of the reason “they” can replace “us”, according to uber theory, is not just “the voter wrap” by Democrats. It’s because white women in the United States and elsewhere don’t have enough babies.
As it turns out, Carlson’s favorite fetish also appears in the creepy racist and sexist manifestos behind the 2018 Christchurch massacre in New Zealand and the 2019 El Paso massacre here. It’s not angry, it’s dangerous; and I think it’s almost inevitable: more people will be murdered as a result.
There is a Venn diagram in which the Nazis, sexists, incels, and Tucker Carlson overlap in the land of replacement theory. I wish we could find a tarp big enough to throw them on, carry them to a distant place, and forget about them. But I don’t think winning then will be that easy.
Make fun of them, however. So, let’s laugh at them until we find a long term strategy.