(Video: Fox News)
Like so many on the left, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is a critic of Tucker Carlson but he is apparently unwilling to go on the Fox News Channel for a man-to-man debate.
On Tuesday, the blame-assessing Schumer wrote to Fox News executives and demanded that the network “immediately cease the reckless amplification of the so-called ‘Great Replacement’ theory, which Tucker Carlson has allegedly talked about “in more than 400 episodes” of his show.
Carlson, the most influential pundit in America whose eponymous prime-time program is perhaps the only content on television that is still appointment viewing other than NFL games, said that he invited the limelight-loving politician on the show, to no avail.
Carlson’s popularity/effectiveness, particularly through his compelling, nightly opening monologues, is why the left is trying to get his show canceled, either directly, or by putting pressure on advertisers.
The reason there is a concerted effort to get Tucker Carlson kicked off TV is that he is reaching all the right people. That's it. That's all the kicking and screaming boils down to: libs and their establishment conservative allies realizing that reaction is on the horizon. https://t.co/18xsXcFEbs
— Pedro L. Gonzalez (@emeriticus) May 18, 2022
Coming off playing a soundbite of former Fox News correspondent Carl Cameron weirdly talking about throwing misinformers in jail, Carlson said in the video clip embedded above that Schumer “just sent a letter to our bosses here at Fox News blaming this show for the mass murder in Buffalo as well as several other mass shootings in recent years. According to Chuck Schumer, this show spreads ‘dangerous rhetoric’ and needs to be pulled off the air immediately in the name of public safety.
“Now, again, Chuck Schumer is a federal official, He is the leading Democrat in United States Senate. And he is calling for media censorship,” Carlson said.
In a letter to Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch, Fox CEO Suzanne Scott, and Fox president Jay Wallace, Chuck Schumer says he urges Fox News to "immediately cease the reckless amplification of the so-called 'Great Replacement’ theory…" pic.twitter.com/9FbUYrMtBi
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) May 17, 2022
“There was a time, like 18 months ago, that would have been considered a direct violation of the First Amendment. Now we hear it every day. ‘Let’s throw them in jail,'” he continued. “We wanted to hear more from Chuck Schumer about this. We invited him on the show tonight, as we always do, but because he is a coward, this is the only media appearance probably in history he’s turned down.”
Former Fox News colleague Carl Cameron resurfaces to blame Tucker Carlson for Buffalo shooting https://t.co/2f03lcfvla
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) May 18, 2022
Schumer himself confirmed that he brushed off the interview. “@TuckerCarlson invited me on his show tonight to debate the letter I sent to @FoxNews. I’m declining. Tucker Carlson needs to stop promoting the racist, dangerous ‘Replacement Theory,'” the extremely partisan Democrat wrote on Twitter.
.@TuckerCarlson invited me on his show tonight to debate the letter I sent to @FoxNews.
I'm declining. Tucker Carlson needs to stop promoting the racist, dangerous ‘Replacement Theory’.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) May 17, 2022
In brief, the theory more-or-less holds that open-borders, paternalistic Democrats want to import a cohort that they believe presumably will be heavily more dependent on government assistance, thus assuring that the left can hold on to political power in the U.S. indefinitely.
“We should have an immigration policy that serves the national interest, not the narrow interest of one political party,” Rich Lowry wrote in the New York Post about the premise that has “been out in the open, discussed by progressive political operatives and think-tank analysts and celebrated in the press.”
As Carlson has similarly pointed out, there are many examples of liberals openly discussing the replacement theory, in whatever way it is defined, that Schumer finds so abhorrent in the media.
Carlson also maintained that “It turns out your average Salvadorian landscaper’s politics are a lot closer to Donald Trump’s than they are to Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi. So, their basic calculation may be completely wrong, but that’s not even the point.”
In their own words …Tucker breaks down how Dems actually own the ‘Great Replacement Theory’ https://t.co/Y2p18htj1M
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) May 18, 2022
Schumer himself has reportedly weighed in on the matter in the past:
Chuck Schumer told Politico in 2016 that America will have a "Democratic generation" because of demographic change.
Now he rips on Tucker Carlson for pointing it out. pic.twitter.com/XFsepOSLoc
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) May 17, 2022
In the meantime, the suddenly shy Schumer is getting roasted on social media. Here is just a sampling:
— GregGutfeld (@greggutfeld) May 17, 2022
Why would you be afraid to debate Carlson if you really believe you have the facts, politics and morality on your side?
— Elon Geldner *️⃣ (@Geldner) May 17, 2022
I said publicly that I could beat up Floyd Mayweather. He called and challenged me to a fight. I’m declining. Floyd Mayweather needs to stop resorting to violence. https://t.co/jElhwCDBlx
— Kate Hyde (@KateHydeNY) May 17, 2022
If you can’t say it to a man’s face, you can’t say it. https://t.co/ChLQ2Oz82f
— Karol Markowicz (@karol) May 17, 2022
A strongly worded letter is much more effective. No one to debate and correct inaccuracies & propaganda. We don’t need two points of view, one is enough. That’s democracy.
— Alec Mazo (@Alec_Mazo) May 17, 2022
Soooo… you have the chance to go confront him directly and you decline? Maybe if you went you could make a few people who watch him think. If people don’t hear your message you can’t change their mind.
— Daniel Peters (@DanielPeters89) May 17, 2022
Why wouldn’t you jump at the opportunity to call him out to his face rather than writing a letter no one read??
— JT Lewis (@thejtlewis) May 17, 2022
Isn’t debating someone you disagree with the best way to sort out the issue?
How does silencing the other side or refusing to engage help anyone? Seems very counterproductive.
— David Hookstead (@dhookstead) May 17, 2022
If his audience is stuck in an “echo chamber,” the rational thing to do would be to go on the show to inform them directly. Not tweet that you’re refusing to cuz you’re afraid of a talk show host.
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) May 17, 2022
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