Well, that got stupidly ugly.
Fox News’ Tucker Carlson hosted Mexican-American journalist Jorge Ramos on his show this past Wednesday night, calling him “one of the president’s loudest critics on immigration.” Carlson, ultimately, did not hold back in disrespecting Ramos and those Mexican Americans who share the journalist’s heritage, literally laughing at the suggestion that Mexican-American immigrants have a positive impact on this country.
Carlson also wrongly suggested that Ramos is “more white” than he is, even though Ramos was born in Mexico City. It’s all a part of the Trump camp’s general strategy of hiding behind a mask of stupidity while they push forward their agenda. It’s comfortable and convenient for Trump supporters to play as dumb as they please while they march onward; it gives them, in many cases, an excuse for their outlandish proposals.
Carlson led off the segment by asking Ramos to explain a statement that he’d made recently about the place of immigrants in American society.
That statement reads:
‘I am a proud Latino immigrant here in the United States. You know exactly what is going on here in the U.S.; there are many people who do not want us to be here and who want to create a wall in order to separate us. But you know what? This is also our country. It’s our country, not theirs.’
What Carlson alleged Ramos was saying there is that white people somehow deserve to be second class citizens or something. Carlson accused Ramos of reverse racism, basically.
But, as Ramos explained, that’s not at all what he meant. Rather, the Mexican-American journalist said, what he meant is that the United States is a collective, belonging to anyone and everyone who calls it home. It’s not solely the property of conservative Christian Trump supporters; they don’t have any higher of a standing here then immigrants do.
Carlson’s response to that was to criticize Ramos’s references to white people, claiming that Ramos himself was white so there was no place for him to talk about white people as an “other.”
‘Let me just point out that you are white. Obviously, you’re whiter than I am. You’ve got blue eyes. So, I don’t know exactly what you mean by white or Latino.’
Actually, Ramos, again, was born in Mexico City, and Carlson’s statement here literally reeks of Nazi-style racism, even down to the reference to Ramos’s blue eyes.
So, Carlson thinks it nothing to make up that someone is white when they aren’t, and he expects us to take him seriously? Not that anyone took Fox News seriously at all to start with, but just saying — it’s a real blow to the credibility of a so-called news organization and its followers when that news organization doesn’t even value personal identity to the point of respecting someone’s nationality.
You can watch the rest of Ramos’s appearance on Carlson’s show below.
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