Leave it to Tucker Carlson to make use of a public health crisis to fearmonger about progressive politicians. (Watch the video below.)
The Fox News host broke out his dog whistle on Wednesday to attack Jackson, Mississippi’s Democratic mayor, Chokwe Lumumba, amid a water shortage in the town. Residents are queueing up for water to drink, bathe, cook and flush toilets within the wake of recent flooding that compromised a water-treatment plant amid longtime problems.
Carlson, pronouncing the mayor’s name with a sneer, showed a 2017 clip of Lumumba pledging that Mississippi’s majority-Black capital was going to be “essentially the most radical city on the planet.”
“We’re going to ensure that we alter the entire scope of electoral politics,” he added.
Carlson summed up the town’s water woes, concluding: “In order that’s truly a radical city. So radical that you just literally can’t have water. Next step, take away roads and indoor heating. When you’ve taken away flush toilets, there’s really no limit to the radicalism Mayor Lumumba can bring to Jackson, Mississippi.”
Lumumba, who became mayor in 2017, has cited “deferred maintenance over three many years or more” because the reason for the water system failure, and advocates have pointed to a legacy of environmental racism and Jackson’s high poverty rate as contributing aspects.