The Anti-Defamation League has called for Tucker Carlson to be fired a day after the Fox News host openly embraced the white supremacist Great Replacement conspiracy theory on air.
“Given his long record of race-baiting, we believe it is time for Carlson to go,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in a letter to Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott.
On Thursday night, Carlson alleged that Democrats were “importing a brand new electorate” of “Third World” immigrants to “dilute” the political power of Americans.
He referenced the replacement theory, a well-known racist philosophy that has inspired racist violence and mass murder in the US and around the world for years and presumes that white, western populations are facing a demographic ticking clock in multicultural societies.
A Fox News spokesperson told Insider that Carlson was making an argument about voting rights.
“I know that the left and all the little gatekeepers on Twitter become literally hysterical if you use the term ‘replacement,’ if you suggest that the Democratic Party is trying to replace the current electorate — the voters now casting ballots — with new people, more obedient voters from the Third World,” Carlson told his audience of millions. “But they become hysterical because that’s what’s happening, actually. Let’s just say it. That’s true.”
The letter sent by the ADL was first reported by CNN Business. In it, Greenblatt condemned Carlson’s “open-ended endorsement of white supremacist ideology.”
“This is not legitimate political discourse,” Greenblatt wrote in the letter to Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott, according to CNN.
Demonizing immigrants is a recurring theme in Carlson’s show, with the host once saying that immigrants make the country “dirtier.”
In recent years, replacement theory has been referenced at the white supremacist march on Charlottesville in 2017, where extremists shouted slogans like “Jews will not replace us” and killed peaceful protestor Heather Heyer, and the 2019 El Paso Walmart mass shooting, where a white gunman intentionally targeted predominantly Latino victims.