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Tucker Carlson ‘Not Sure’ About Great Substitute Theory After Pushing It 400 Times

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson tried to distance himself Tuesday from the white supremacist “great substitute” theory he’s peddled on his prime time show for years, before launching into an extended rant about Democratic plots to encourage immigration to win elections, a key tenet of the conspiracy idea.

Carlson opened his program Tuesday denouncing the 18-year-old suspect accused of killing 10 people at a food market in Buffalo, Recent York last week. The person, Payton Gendron, is accused of targeting the shop, which sits in a predominantly Black neighborhood, after posting a 180-page screed online featuring racist, white supremacist tropes. The document references extreme versions of what’s often called “substitute theory,” which baselessly claims powerful Democrats and others are plotting to interchange white Americans with people of color through immigration policies.

“The Democratic Party has decided that somewhat than persuade you, people who find themselves born here, that their policies are helping you and making the country higher and stronger, they may change the electorate.” pic.twitter.com/y7k72paUSA

— Kat Abu (@abughazalehkat) May 18, 2022

Carlson has spent years pushing the thought, and a Recent York Times investigation found he has promoted it in greater than 400 episodes of his program since he joined Fox News’ prime time lineup in 2016.

But Carlson said Tuesday he’s still unsure what the conspiracy theory is.

“You’ve heard quite a bit concerning the great substitute theory recently, it’s in every single place … we’re still unsure exactly what it’s,” the host said Tuesday. He quickly pivoted to accuse Democrats of touting immigration as a method to secure electoral victories. “Here’s what we do know for a fact: There’s a robust political component to the Democrats’ immigration theory. We all know this because they’ve said so … They are saying, out loud, ‘we’re doing this since it helps us win elections.’”

“The Democratic Party has decided that somewhat than persuade you, people who find themselves born here, that their policies are helping you and making the country higher and stronger, they may change the electorate,” Carlson went on, adding Democrats were “importing” those that would vote for them.

The comments construct on the host’s claim Monday that Democrats — namely President Joe Biden — are using the Buffalo massacre to strip Americans of their First Amendment right to free speech.

Democrats have directly pointed at Carlson in recent days for his role in promoting the nice substitute idea. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) called on Fox News leadership to stop amplifying the racist idea, saying doing so was “reckless.”

“In a craven quest for viewers and rankings, organizations like Fox News have spent years perfecting the craft of stoking cultural grievance and political resentment that eerily mirrors the messages present in substitute theory,” Schumer said on the Senate floor Monday.

.@TuckerCarlson invited me on his show tonight to debate the letter I sent to @FoxNews.

I’m declining. Tucker Carlson must stop promoting the racist, dangerous ‘Substitute Theory’.

— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) May 17, 2022

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