Tucker Carlson hasn’t been a fan of the Black Lives Matter movement since it was created in 2013, but on Monday’s episode of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” he took that disdain to new level when he said that “the existence of Black Lives Matter is a national humiliation.”
Tucker was incensed because of reports of a leaked memo apparently from the U.S. State Department expressing “guidance on Black Lives Matter language, banners and flags.”
This prompted Carlson to ask, “should American ambassadors come out against the nuclear family, as BLM has (or) for socialism as BLM has (or) for race hatred, as BLM does every day?”
The report also apparently told members of the State Department to “make full use of…. tools and resources to promote policy objectives to advance racial equity and support for underserved communities throughout the year,” with specific attention paid to the months of late May and early June.
Carlson continued, “what the State Department doesn’t appear to understand — or maybe this is the whole point — is that the existence of BLM is a national humiliation to the United States. The rest of world is watching; of course, we’re America.”
Incidentally, that claim about the nuclear family is a bad faith interpretation of a BLM position taken out of context. The organization does not, in fact, believe in abolishing families and instead advocates for policies that make it easier for families to exist.
Carlson then showed a clip where a Chinese government spokesperson, engaging in the ad hominem debate tactic known as “whataboutism,” mentioned that there are many human rights issues in the U.S., and she adds that these issues are often “deep-seeded” and “they did not just emerge over the past four years, such as Black Lives Matter.”
Carlson interpreted this as: “BLM is a sign the United States is a terrible place” and argued that BLM is “in effect a political party.”
“Should the State Department be promoting a political party at U.S. embassies in foreign countries? I can’t think of a precedent for that,” he said.
Carlson then threw to guest National Review Online contributing editor (and Fox News contributor) Deroy Murdock, who shared the same views. Both Carlson and Murdock laughed about what it might look like if right-wing groups like QAnon or the National Rifle Association flew flags at American foreign embassies. “Fly the QAnon Army flag,” Calson joked.
Murdock then laid out a truly chilling vision for the future: “Imagine if in 2025 if Donald J. Trump is reelected president with President Ron DeSantis [sic],” Murdock said. “Imagine a few U.S. embassies overseas, are flying flags of the National Rifle Association, or the National Right to Life Committee.”
Murdock continued by arguing that those groups — which advocate for guns and further restricting nationwide access to reproductive health care — are more peaceful than BLM, which says it advocates for “combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy.”
“I don’t equate those peaceful groups with Black Lives Matter, which has an incredible recent violent history. But imagine what people on the left would respond if you had NRA flags flying over the U.S. Embassy in Paris, the U.S. Embassy in London, I don’t think they’d be very happy,” Murdock mused.
A recent Washington Post study found that “for ‘liberal’ protests, Republicans were more likely than Democrats to perceive the protesters as violent,” while at conservative protests, both groups identified violence relatively equally.
Tucker also took time during tonight’s episode to criticize President Joe Biden’s plan to grant over 100,000 Haitians temporary protected status, a policy former president Trump had (unsuccessfully) worked to remove. Biden opted to extend amnesty protections to Haitians so they can remain living in the U.S. until they deem it’s safe to return to Haiti.
“Haiti, whatever its merits, has been poor and volatile for 200 years, so this is not a new development, that’s insane,” Tucker said. He added, “I mean, they’re trying to change the population of the United States” and argued that Democrats want to “import millions of new voters.”
That’s not true, but even if it were the Democrats’ plan, it wouldn’t work — only U.S. citizens over the age of 18 are eligible to vote in U.S. elections. Non-U.S. citizens and amnesty holders cannot.
To those who are familiar with Tucker and Fox News’ rhetoric, this might sound reminiscent of the time Tucker argued that Democrats were in favor of “replacement theory,” which led to the Anti-Defamation League calling for his removal. At the time, Fox boss Lachlan Murdoch backed Carlson up. And of course as always it’s important to remember that in 2020 Fox News argued in court, and a judge agreed, that Tucker is not a credible source of news or information.
Check out both clips in the video at the top of the page.
For the record: A previous version of this story incorrectly identified Deroy Murdock.