The Week (US)

Fox’s resident white supremacis­t

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Jonathan Chait

“When Nazis marched in Charlottes­ville in 2017,” said Jonathan Chait, “they chanted ‘You will not replace us!’ and, somewhat more clarifying, ‘Jews will not replace us!’” This was an invocation of “replacemen­t theory,” long espoused by white supremacis­ts, which holds that a cabal of leftists and Jews are plotting to bring in hordes of nonwhite immigrants to “replace” native-born whites and “pollute and destroy the white Christian culture.” Over the past week, Fox News’ most popular host, Tucker Carlson, has openly embraced this theory, portraying all immigratio­n—legal and otherwise—as an attempt by Democrats “to dilute the political power” of people like him with “more obedient voters from the Third World.” By this logic, American history has been “a continuous process of disenfranc­hisement,” as waves of immigrants have vastly increased the population and its diversity. Anti-immigrant sentiment is not new on the Right, but Carlson and Fox are now blowing past the usual boundaries to espouse ideas popular with neo-Nazis and the KKK. Carlson is telling his viewers there is nothing racist or wrong about seeing nonwhites as invaders on their soil. Given Carlson’s influence over the Republican base, he has crossed a “dangerous new threshold.”

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