As more audio clips emerged on Tuesday of Tucker Carlson making racist, misogynistic and anti-gay comments, the Fox News host cast himself as the victim of a “mob.”
“The left’s main goal, in case you haven’t noticed, is controlling what you think,” he said on his show, Tucker Carlson Tonight. “But we will never bow to the mob — ever. No matter what.”
The audio clips were unearthed by progressive nonprofit Media Matters for America and released over the course of several days. In his comments, Carlson describes women as “extremely primitive, they’re basic,” and Iraq as “a crappy place filled with a bunch of, you know, semiliterate primitive monkeys.” He also uses homophobic slurs, questions Barack Obama’s race, makes disturbing comments about underage girls, and credits white men with “creating civilization.”
For now, Fox News appears to be standing by their host, but that may change if an advertiser exodus ensues. That’s what happened in December, when Carlson said on air that immigrants make America “poorer and dirtier and more divided” and 14 companies pulled their ads in response. Variety noted that Monday’s episode was already light on advertising, with few national commercials and a lot of promotional spots for other Fox programs.
Despite this, Carlson has expressed confidence that the network will continue to have his back. “Fox News is behind us, as they have been since the very first day,” he said. “Toughness is a rare quality in a TV network, and we are grateful for that.” Meanwhile, Media Matters has announced that it has many more hours of clips and will release them soon.
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