- Chuck Schumer said he would not appear on the Tucker Carlson show.
- Carlson, Schumer claimed, invited him to discuss Schumer’s attacks on Fox after the Buffalo shooting.
- “Tucker Carlson needs to stop promoting the racist and dangerous ‘replacement theory’,” Schumer wrote on Twitter.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday turned down an offer to appear on Tucker Carlson’s show to debate Carlson and Fox News’ promotion of racist “replacement theory” in the wake of the mass shooting in Buffalo, which is being investigated as a hate crime.
Schumer on Tuesday sent a letter to Fox corporate executives demanding that they “immediately cease all dissemination of false far-right white nationalist conspiracy theories on their network.” The Democrat said he refused to appear on Carlson’s primetime show because the far-right Fox host has repeatedly promoted elements of the racist conspiracy theory that claims white people are being replaced by people of color.
“[email protected] invited me on his show tonight to discuss the letter I sent to @FoxNews. Rejected,” Schumer wrote on Twitter. “Tucker Carlson needs to stop promoting the racist and dangerous ‘Replacement Theory’.”
Schumer seized on a recent Times investigation that found Carlson promoted elements of white supremacy theory in more than 400 episodes. Carlson has claimed that the Democrats are importing “third world” immigrants to replace conservative Americans with more “obedient voters.” An online ruler attributed to the Buffalo shooter reportedly echoes elements of “replacement theory.”
“I urge you to consider the very real impacts of the dangerous rhetoric being broadcast on your network every night,” Schumer wrote in the letter.
—Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) May 17, 2022
Others on the right have similarly claimed that Democrats and other elites are using immigration as a way to force demographic change on the nation and stimulate their electorate.
When reached for comment, a Fox News spokesperson pointed Insider to Carlson’s monologue from his show Monday night as he addressed some of the criticism he received. Carlson did not mention “the replacement theory” directly.
“What he wrote does not add up to a manifesto,” Carlson said of the shooter’s alleged statement, adding that he condemns racism. “It’s not a blueprint for a new extremist political movement, much less the inspiration for a racist revolution. Anyone who claims they’re lying or hasn’t read it.”