Fox News propagandist Tucker Carlson suggested a “real insurrection” on his program late last week. He did so on his relatively new Fox Nation show “Tucker Carlson Today” while having a conversation with Uvalde, Texas Mayor Don McLaughlin. The two were discussing migrant border crossings and they used it as an opportunity to go after the Biden administration. McLaughlin said “I haven’t been able to confirm this yet, but I have been told that they’re giving these immigrant families that are in these hotels $1,400 Visa cards.” Now, of course, the mayor was wrong about this claim. The latest COVID-19 relief package excludes most immigrants who aren't in the US legally. But that didn’t stop Tucker from following up with something stupid. He said, “why don’t we have a real insurrection at some point? Why would we put up with this?”
Now of course, Tucker is playing coy about the January 6th Capitol insurrection by implying that it wasn’t a “real insurrection,” whereas this one would be. Given that “insurrection” is defined as a violent uprising or takeover against the government, certainly January 6th fits that definition. But this is quite seriously a dangerous suggestion coming from Tucker. The last thing these Fox hosts should be doing now is stoking tensions and encouraging violence. Instead, Carlson sounds open to violence as a means to achieve a political ends. And with an audience as big as the one Tucker has, there becomes a reasonable likelihood that someone in his audience could be inspired to stage out an attack if he calls for one, even subtly. What Carlson is doing is ethically wrong on a number of levels, but that’s never stopped him or Fox News before. So this will likely just keep happening.
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