Tucker Carlson, who frequently pushes white nationalist and anti-immigrant talking points on his widely watched Fox News show, on Tuesday unironically accused former President Barack Obama of being a “racial arsonist.”
Carlson attacked Obama over the former president’s condemnation of recent mass shootings. Eight people were killed in an attack on Atlanta-area massage parlors last week. On Monday, 10 people were gunned down at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado.
In a statement shared on Twitter, Obama wrote that “we should be able to live our lives without wondering if the next trip outside our home could be our last. We should. But in America, we can’t.”
“It is long past time for those with the power to fight this epidemic of gun violence to do so,” he continued, adding: “It will take time to root out the disaffection, racism and misogyny that fuels so many of these senseless acts of violence. But we can make it harder for those with hate in their hearts to buy weapons of war.”
Read Obama’s full post here:
Carlson took exception to Obama’s call for the reform of gun laws and rooting out of racism, claiming “more than any other contemporary American leader, Barack Obama is a racial arsonist.”
“He emerges at our most vulnerable moments to deepen the wounds that divide us. He sows hate,” railed Carlson, who often defended ex-President Donald Trump’s racist, hateful and divisive comments.
“Why does Barack Obama do this?” asked Carlson. “Well, it would take a psychiatrist to answer that question fully, though it seems obvious that deep loathing of some kind plays a role. It must play a role.”