MSNBC political analyst and "The Root" politics editor Jason Johnson said Thursday night that FOX News host Tucker Carlson is spreading "white nationalist rhetoric" and "basically supports terrorism." Johnson told MSNBC's Chris Hayes that "this isn't new" and Carlson "has been playing a Forever 21 Klansman for like four or five years now."
"FOX is realizing from a business perspective that this doesn't sell," Johnson added. "Bow ties and earnest frowns don't sell like they used to."
"I see Tucker Carlson as a guy who has repeatedly failed in television. Who has been basically given media welfare, a primetime spot to replace a guy who left because of sexual harassment issues, and he is still being promoted not because he is good at his job, but because he promotes a certain kind of bigotry that other people can’t say as eloquently," Johnson said. "What do we do with that as a society? Do we constantly call him out for it or pretend he is actually just an entertainer?"
"There are still people who want to watch that kind of nonsense," Johnson responded, zeroing in on Carlson. "For the rest of news media system, for everybody else who is talking about it, we have to now frame this is as this is someone who basically supports terrorism. This is someone who is disingenuous. If you’re talking about this white nationalist rhetoric, you can’t support white nationalist rhetoric without supporting terrorism. I think he should be framed in that way."
"You can’t support white nationalists without supporting terrorism, because you can’t support white nationalism without state sponsored or individual violence," Johnson said. "You can’t. It requires moving people from a country they have always been at. That’s terrorism."