Reported by SARAH TAYLOR | May 17, 2022
Late-night TV host Seth Meyers unloaded on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Monday night, saying that the conservative TV host helped to inspire the horrific massacre that took the lives of at least 10 people at a Buffalo, New York, supermarket on Saturday. Meyers made the remarks on the same day that broadcaster Megyn Kelly hit out at media figures attempting to politicize the tragedy.
Meyers addressed the mass killing during Monday night’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” saying that he believed that Carlson was complicit in helping spread a conspiracy theory known as the Great Replacement. NPR defines the theory as stating “that non-white individuals are being brought into the United States and other Western countries to ‘replace’ white voters to achieve a political agenda.”
“With prominent figures on the right embracing and parroting the dangerous white nationalist conspiracy theory known as the Great Replacement, it’s worth noting that in addition to being deeply racist, bigoted, and dehumanizing, it’s also incredibly stupid,” Meyers said during a Monday night segment.
He accused Carlson of being guilty of downplaying right-wing domestic terrorism. In 2019, Carlson addressed white supremacy terrorism as small-scale and said that the movement’s “combined membership of every white supremacist organization in this country would be able to fit inside a college football stadium.”
Meyers zeroed in on those remarks during the segment, saying, “First of all, a college football stadium can fit like 100,000 people, which is a ton of people! If I told you, ‘Don’t worry, I rounded up all the white supremacists’ and walked you into here, I don’t think your reaction would be, ‘Phew!’”
He added that Carlson has “openly and repeatedly promoted replacement theory on his show.”
“No one is being replaced. There’s no capacity limit here,” he said. “It’s not like there’s a bouncer who only lets two in when two leave. Just think about how breathtakingly dumb the logic here is. No one gets replaced when another person enters the country.”
The Right’s Embrace of Racist Replacement Theory Is Both Dangerous and Dumb: A Closer Look www.youtube.com
During Monday’s episode of “The Megyn Kelly Show,” Kelly said that those people trying to politicize the shooting are contributing to division.
“We will not be naming the shooter on this program, consistent with our policy of not naming mass shooters, who in part are out for infamy, and we decline to help,” she said during the broadcast. “He’s pleaded not guilty, but he also left behind a trove of information, including a 180-page manifesto filled with racist and anti-Semitic commentary. The shooter was white. Detailing how and why he picked his target.”
She added that media talking heads who tried to blame Carlson and other conservatives for the shooting are “outrageous.”
“Some in the media have been quick to point fingers and even place blame on our friend and very popular Fox News host, Tucker Carlson,” she pointed out. “It’s outrageous. It’s wrong, both factually and morally.”
Becoming further outraged, Kelly added, “Why do we have to go to that place immediately on these stories? Why can’t we spend two f***ing minutes mourning the people who are dead and trying to understand that we have insane people in this country? We have lunatics. It’s a huge country!”
Kelly pointed out that there’s no way to eradicate the “lunatics” from the country and attempting to politicize such a horrific tragedy will only further divide Americans.
“People have to inject their politics into everything. And this guy had a racist manifesto. There’s no question that doesn’t make it Tucker Carlson’s fault,” she insisted. “Just stop it. Just stop it!”
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“It’s OUTRAGEOUS!” Megyn Kelly on the Gross Rush to Politicize Horrific Buffalo Mass Shooting www.youtube.com