“It’s actually not a real problem in America,” Carlson said. He then added: “This is a hoax, just like the Russia hoax. It’s a conspiracy theory used to divide the country and keep a hold on power.”
Carlson’s argument is belied by many experts and seemingly contradicted by a recent wave of deadly attacks by men motivated by those views. As The Washington Post’s Greg Miller reported on Monday, violence tied to far-right ideologies has killed roughly as many Americans since 9/11 as al-Qaeda and the Islamic State combined.
On Tuesday night, though, Carlson argued that claims about a larger white supremacy problem in America are bogus. Trump never should have had to address it after El Paso, Carlson said.
“In point of fact, he never endorsed white supremacy or came close to endorsing white supremacy. That’s just a lie,” he said. “But he condemned it anyway.”
Carlson framed his argument around the idea that few Americans belong to explicitly white supremacist groups, like the KKK.
“If you were to assemble a list, a hierarchy of concerns, of problems this country faces, where would white supremacy be on the list? Right up there with Russia, probably,” he said. “The combined membership of every white supremacist organization in this country would be able to fit inside a college football stadium.”
The host later added that he’d never personally met anyone who fit that bill.
“I’ve lived here 50 years and I’ve never met anybody, not one person who ascribes to white supremacy,” he said to his guest. “I don’t know a single person who thinks that’s a good idea.”
Carlson, though, maintained that the case against white supremacy is a Democratic political strategy.
“They’re making this up,” he said. “It’s a talking point, which they are using to help them in this election cycle.”