The news of the death of Britain’s longest reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, was not unexpected — Her Majesty was 96 years old — but it was a heartfelt blow to the people she faithfully served, many of whom have never known another on the throne. In any other era, her passing would be met with respectful condolences and tributes — and it was.
But this is 2022 and social media exists, so the Queen’s death was also met with some of the ugliest, hate-filled attacks one could imagine at such a somber moment.
(Video: Fox News)
Fox News’s Tucker Carlson explained why that is on Thursday’s edition of “Tucker Carlson Tonight”: The Queen “lived in a better time.”
“She was born in one world and died in another,” Carlson stated simply, reminding viewers that the week of Elizabeth’s coronation, British subject Edmund Hillary became the first to summit Mount Everest.
“It’s hard to believe now, but Britain wasn’t always a regional banking center/refugee camp,” Carlson said. “It was a real place with a history and a language and a culture and a genuinely remarkable people, a country in the North Atlantic, the size of Alabama, that somehow took over the world and ruled it with decency unmatched by any empire in human history.”
Queen Elizabeth was, Carlson noted, “the last living link to a truly Great Britain.”
“Today on social media,” he reported, “the usual ghouls celebrated her death.”
Among the “ghoulish” remarks were those of a Carnegie Mellon professor, Uju Anya, who shocked even Twitter with a hate-filled tweet.
“May her pain be excruciating,” Anya tweeted upon news that the Queen’s death was drawing near. “May she die in agony.”
The tweet was later removed for violating Twitter’s rules, but her follow-up tweet remains and has garnered nearly 63,000 “likes.”
“If anyone expects me to express anything but disdain for the monarch who supervised a government that sponsored the genocide that massacred and displaced half my family and the consequences of which those alive today are still trying to overcome,” she stated, “you can keep wishing upon a star.”
“Various know-nothings in the media, including a columnist at The Atlantic and a couple of employees of NBC News, seconded that thought,” Carlson reported. “‘The British Empire was evil,’ they wrote, apparently totally unaware of what came after it.”
“And speaking of: what did come after the British Empire?” he asked. “How, for example, did Africa fare after the British left? Let’s see. Uganda got Idi Amin, who was a cannibal. Rhodesia became Zimbabwe and then became the poorest country on the planet under the racist lunatic Robert Mugabe. As of tonight, South Africa is still being run into the ground by an incompetent kleptocratic called Cyril Ramaphosa.”
“So, it’s hard to see any of that as an improvement because it’s not an improvement,” the controversial host stated. “Sorry, Atlantic Magazine.”
Noting that China is now in the process of dominating Africa, Carlson argued that colonialism under the English was, historically, far better than what Africa can now hope to experience.
“Its subjects will be pining for the British soon, assuming they are not already,” he said.
“In an ideal world, they would not be empires, no empires, only sovereign nations, but we don’t have that world and we never have had that world going back to at least the Assyrians 1,400 years before Christ,” Carlson continued. “In the real world, the one that we live in, strong countries dominate weak countries and that trend shows no sign of changing.”
“The very least you can say about the English is that they took their colonial responsibilities seriously,” he said. “They didn’t just take things, they added.”
Unlike, he pointed out, the results of American colonialism under the Biden administration, the British left their colonies more prosperous.
“When the U.S. government withdrew from Afghanistan after 20 years, we left behind airstrips, shipping containers and guns,” Carlson contended. “When the British pulled out of India, they left behind an entire civilization, a language, a legal system, schools, churches and public buildings, all of which are still in use today.”
But that hasn’t stopped the “ghouls” on Twitter from claiming otherwise.
“That wretched woman and her bloodthirsty throne have f***ed generations of my ancestors on both sides of the family, and she supervised a government that sponsored the genocide my parents and siblings survived,” Anya wrote in another tweet.
When a user reported it to Twitter and called for Anya to be “permanently suspended,” another user threw the race card.
“What better example of the Queen’s legacy than a white person getting a Black person’s tweets deleted for daring to bring up how the Queen participated in a genocide of her own family,” the user claimed.
What better example of the Queen’s legacy than a white person getting a Black person’s tweets deleted for daring to bring up how the Queen participated in a genocide of her own family pic.twitter.com/WFhMSQRkCP
— Fairy Gothmother, MD (@jenny2x4) September 8, 2022
Carlson did his best to counter their ignorance.
“So, despite what they may be claiming on Twitter tonight, the British Empire was more than just genocide,” he stated. “In fact, the British did not commit genocide, except arguably against the Dutch during the Boer War. The British did give the world the Magna Carta and habeas corpus and free speech. They helped end the transatlantic slave trade, as well as the ritual murder of widows in India. The British Empire spread Protestant Christianity to the entire world. It published some of the greatest literature ever written and produced the finest manufactured goods ever made anywhere at any time, including now.”
“It was an impressive place run by impressive people,” Carlson maintained. “We will see many empires going forward, but we will never see one so benign. That’s true and because it’s true, the people who would like to run the world in a far harsher way would like to make certain that you don’t know it.”
“That’s why they’re doing it,” he concluded. “Slander the ruler, discredit the entire period she lived in. And that’s exactly why they’re attacking Queen Elizabeth tonight—not because she was a bad person, she wasn’t a bad person, but because she lived during a better time.”
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