In a rhetorical move demonstrating the pernicious forces that led to President Donald Trump's election, Fox News' Tucker Carlson spouted an out-of-blue racist broadside against Mexican-Americans on Monday while downplaying Russia's election interference.
Carlson was responding to Trump's support for Russian leader Vladimir Putin at a summit earlier in the day, where the American president discounted the intelligence community's assessment that the Kremlin meddled in the 2016 campaign.
"I don't think Russia is our close friend or anything like that," Carlson said. "I think of course they try to interfere in our affairs. They have for a long time. Many countries do. Some more successfully than Russia, like Mexico, which is routinely interfering in our elections by packing our electorate. So those are all concerns "
A co-host laughed at his remark about "packing the electorate," but it's not clear if Carlson meant it as a joke. Either way, though, it was a racist attack on Mexican-Americans who are citizens and have as much right to vote in American elections as anyone else.
But the brief remark actually demonstrated something deeper than Carlson's personal racism. It showed why Trump's supporters back him, even with all his baggage — his messy personal life, the accusations of assault and misconduct, the corruption, the sketchy charitable foundation, and the troubling ties to Russia. None of this stuff matters to Trump's supporters, including Carlson, as much as the president's bigotry toward immigrants, which they embrace.
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