Tucker Carlson hedged his praise of the “impressive” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez by revealing that she has a “darker side” as he exposed her open racism.
The Fox News host took a look at the freshman Democrat from New York, who just turned 30 years old, during a monologue on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Wednesday, noting that the lawmaker is “barely old enough to rent a car and already she is one of the most powerful politicians in America.”
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“She’s impressive in a lot of ways. Even if you disagree with her, you ought to admit that. She is legitimately tough for one thing, strength is a prerequisite for success in politics as in life … she’s one of the only Democrats in the House who is totally unintimidated by Nancy Pelosi,” Carlson said.
“Unlike most members of Congress, Ocasio-Cortez actually believes most of what she says,” he said, adding that she “understands that something profound has gone wrong in America. The country is dangerously unequal. Fixing that will require going to war with the entrenched establishment which is profiting from the status quo. Ocasio-Cortez is happy to do that.”
The Fox News host noted that the young member of “The Squad” of progressive freshman lawmakers is one of the few in Washington who is an “independent spirit.”
“It is easy to see why young people listen to her. And in the end, that is the problem with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,” Carlson said. “Her ideas may be stupid and wrong, we think they are. But they are still undeniably ideas. You can debate them. We often do. The problem is the rest of what she says.”
He went on to elaborate the side of Ocasio-Cortez that many are not seeing.
“There is a darker side to Ocasio-Cortez, and it has nothing to do with the Green New Deal. She is an unapologetic bigot, someone who attacks others for the way they were born,” Carlson explained.
“There is nothing legitimate about that. You can’t debate bigotry, it’s pure poison. It’s terrifying to think that someone who spews open racism has become a role model for our young people, but that is exactly what has happened,” he added.
Carlson recounted how, as a congressional candidate, Ocasio-Cortez had declared that her opponent, Democrat incumbent Joe Crowley, essentially did not deserve to be in Congress because of his skin color.
“By Election Day, her opponent was literally apologizing for his own skin color,” Carlson said.
“Not so long ago a campaign like that would have been considered deeply immoral. The press would have hounded Ocasio-Cortez until she apologized or dropped out — but not anymore. Our ruling class no longer recognizes universal standards of any kind,” he continued. “Racism, they’ve decided, cuts only one way so they ignored Ocasio-Cortez’s race-baiting and she got elected. Over time, like any untreated virus, her bigotry grew more inflamed.”
Carlson also noted the double standards in what shocks society, pointing to the outrage over alleged racist comments by President Trump while ignoring the recent “bigoted and vicious” remarks by the Democrat who blamed white people for creating the greatest number of greenhouse emissions.
“The people wrecking the world are all of one race? Who talks like that? In fact, it’s hard to think of anyone in American life saying anything that disgusting and foolish and dangerous,” an incredulous Carlson said. “If so, exactly what would it be? And yet, here is the amazing part: Nobody seemed to even notice Ocasio-Cortez said that in the middle of a congressional hearing. Our rulers acted like it was all totally normal because to them it is normal. This is an ominous development for the country.”
He went on to acknowledge that perhaps the lawmaker is too young to understand the implications of her words but others are not.
“Every time she encourages her followers to hate and distrust other people based on their race, some of them will. And over time, this is how countries fall apart,” he concluded.
He then offered a “plea” to Ocasio-Cortez directly.
“Keep saying what you think is true. Keep taking jabs at the establishment in Washington,” he said. “But, my gosh, please for the sake of the country and the children you don’t yet have, please stop attacking people for the color of their skin. They can’t change who they are, and neither can you. We all have to live here together anyway, and we won’t be able to if you keep this up.”
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