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Fox News’ Tucker Carlson has recently come under fire for his repeated criticisms of billionaire leftist George Soros, with some alleging – without evidence – that his criticisms are antisemitic tropes or “dog whistles.”
Carlson has helmed a new series of investigative specials in a documentary news magazine format called “Tucker Carlson Originals” on Fox Nation, the most recent episode of which is an examination of George Soros and his influence over the West, in particular as it relates to his home country of Hungary, titled “Hungary vs. Soros: The Fight for Civilization.”
“Soros is one of the most powerful political figures in the United States,” Carlson said on the network’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Thursday. “Soros has more influence over the way Americans live their lives than all the voters in your average congressional district combined.”
Carlson said that while he believes Soros’ progressive ideas are unpopular, “he’s a billionaire. Soros buys his power, and that is not the way a democracy is supposed to work.” He opined that Americans aren’t aware of what Soros is doing “and there’s a reason for it.”
In the new documentary, Carlson outlines the dichotomy of the world views of Soros and Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orban.
“Orban has been in politics for 30 years, but he seems surprisingly normal,” Carlson said of the populist politician, praising him for trying to build the nation’s shrinking population with incentives for growing families. “He often drives himself to work. He has dinner in Budapest without security. Every Thursday, he spends the day reading.”
By contrast, Carlson says, Soros “is waging a kind of war — political, social and demographic war — on the West” and “has joined forces with officials in the European Union to undermine democracy in Hungary.”
Carlson also accused Soros of wielding power through his Open Society Foundations in “trying to eliminate national borders, to oust democratically elected leaders, and install ideologically aligned puppets into positions of power.”
“News organizations that attempt to report honestly on George Soros find themselves bombarded by Soros’ lawyers and allies threatening legal action and smear campaigns. Ask around,” he said.
“Now, most news organizations are intimidated by this, and you can see why they are. Anyone who dares to criticize George Soros is denounced as a bigot. They claim that disagreeing with an atheist billionaire is an act of prejudice. It’s hate!” Carlson went on. “George Soros may be one of the most richest and most influential men in the world. But he would like you to know that he’s also an oppressed victim of your unauthorized opinions. Just like if you’re not for going to war in Ukraine, you’re a tool of Putin! Please.”
Carlson concluded, “We see this routine a lot. In fact, every day. Soros’ allies are doing it to us right now at maximum volume in response to our documentary on Haiti. We expected that. And we don’t care. You have a right to know exactly what George Soros is doing to this country and to other countries around the world. And we think we’ve got an obligation to tell you. So we’re going to continue to.”
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