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Fox News host Tucker Carlson called for a de-escalation of “rising racial tension” in the nation, condemning the “chilling” effect of the left’s response to the deadly Buffalo, New York shooting.
In his stinging “Tucker Carlson Tonight” monologue Monday, Carlson explained that the nation wants to return to the American way of life, meritocracy – a system based on ability, not appearance – and warned that “suddenly every voice and power is leading us in the opposite direction.”
“Only our leaders stand in the way of fixing a problem that is growing worse by the day,” he said as he welcomed journalist Glenn Greenwald to weigh in on the national response to the New York shooting on Saturday in which 10 people were killed when 18-year-old Payton Gendron allegedly opened fire at a Buffalo supermarket.
“Every mass shooting, of course, is a tragedy, every murder is a tragedy, every death is a tragedy, but how chilling was it to watch the immediate mobilization of a political party using the pretext of a killing to make baldly political points,” Carlson said. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it.”
“I think one of the things that a healthy society does is unites whenever there’s a horrific act that violates the values of all decent people,” Greenwald replied.
“We saw that in the wake of 9/11, for example for a few days or a couple of weeks. Unfortunately, another path can be taken and often is by political leaders,” he added, bringing up examples from the past few years in which members of both political parties called for more controls in the wake of tragedies.
“So often these crises are seized upon by leaders to demand more power. This idea that, for example, the First Amendment doesn’t protect hate speech is completely false,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist continued.
“I think what is critical to note is that every political ideology, every last one has psychopaths or extremists who carry out violence in the name of that ideology. And to try and blame your political opponent or to ascribe fault or guilt to people who share that ideology is a completely morally atrocious act because you are exploiting the corpses and not expressing sadness over them,” he said.
Carlson wondered if there should at least be a “pause” to allow time to ask questions and learn lessons.
“That time has evaporated. It is like instant now and I wonder what that says about our leaders,” he observed.
“I was really amazed at not just the rapidity with which this coordinated messaging campaign emerged to try and blame this network and political opponents, but also just how unanimous it was, particularly since the only thing that was known about the person who carried out this massacre was a 181 page, very densely written manifesto that as you said, has a wide range of unrelated ideas,” Greenwald noted.
He went on to note how Gendron’s document reveals information and facts that many are refusing to acknowledge in the blame game following the shooting.
“He called himself a left-wing authoritarian on the one hand, a fascist on the other hand. There was no way these people could’ve taken the time to have read that, to have learned about the mental health of this person,” he said, in an apparent reference to reports that the 18-year-old underwent a mental health evaluation last year after he said he wanted “to commit a murder-suicide.”
“They didn’t care what the facts were,” Greenwald continued.
“They saw an opportunity and those corpses laying on the ground and the opportunity was political and exploitative and they seized on it together and quickly in a way that they made clear that their concern was sadness for the victims was a complete pretense they instantly weaponized it before anything was known,” he added.
“Anyone who shows no reverence in the face of death should make us nervous,” Carlson said. “It’s a sign of ruthlessness and bad character.”
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