Tucker Carlson Addresses Accusations
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“I’ve never had a white supremacist work for me. I don’t think I’ve ever talked to a white supremacist,” Carlson told Ben Smith, the Semafor co-founder and editor-in-chief, at an event on Thursday.
“I’m not sure what that means,” he added. “I know it’s a slur and the worst thing that a person can be. I don’t really understand the terms.”
Smith played a clip from an episode of Tucker Carlson Tonight in which the host says Democrats are working to “replace” Americans with new voters from other countries. Critics say rhetoric like this amplifies the so-called “Great Replacement” theory.
“I have no empathy for people who derive their judgments about anything from 30-second clips on Media Matters,” Carlson responded, referencing the liberal watchdog group.
At one point during the tense interview, Smith asks Carlson why he’s “been flypaper for racists.”
“I believe that people are not defined by their race, any race,” Carlson said. “People are defined, their value is derived from the fact that they were, A, created by God, and, B, by what they do, by the choices they make. They’re not part of some larger group, they’re individuals. I believe in the individual, and I say that virtually every night.”
When asked what he’d say to critics who believe Carlson is racist, he said: “I don’t know what to say to you.”
“I’m stating my sincere views as reflected in my personal life and my professional life as clearly as I can,” Carlson said.
Carlson’s portion of the event starts at about the 1:08:04 mark in the video below: