Tucker Carlson delivered a 20-minute plus monologue on the ongoing national riots inspired by the police-involved death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Carlson denounced national leaders for not leading and lashed out at the president's son-in-law and lead advisor Jared Kushner for his contempt for Trump supporters. From the monologue on Monday night's edition of Carlson's FOX News show:
TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS: Donald Trump’s response to these riots is the singular test of his presidency. About an hour ago, the president announced he will marshal all available resources, military and civilian, to stop the riots.
Let’s fervently hope that works. What Americans want most is an end to this chaos. They want their cities to be saved. They want this to stop, immediately. If the president doesn’t stop it, he will lose in November. The left will blame him for the atrocities they encouraged. Many voters will agree. Donald Trump is the president. Presidents save countries. That’s why we hire them.
Some key advisors around Trump don’t seem to understand the gravity of this. “No matter what happens,: they’ll tell you, “our voters aren’t going anywhere. The trailer parks are rock solid. What choice do they have? They’ve got vote for us.” Jared Kushner, for one, has made that point out loud. No one has more contempt for Trump’s voters than Kushner does, and no one expresses it more frequently.
In 2016, Donald Trump ran as a law and order candidate. His views remain fundamentally unchanged today. But Trump’s famously sharp instincts, the ones that won him the presidency, have been subverted at every level by Kushner: on immigration, on foreign policy, and especially on law enforcement. As crime in this country rises, Kushner has led a highly aggressive effort to let more felons out of prison. This is reckless, but it’s happening. At times, the president seems aware he’s being led in the wrong direction. He often derides Kushner as a liberal. Kushner is. But Kushner has convinced the president that throwing open the prisons is the key to winning African American votes in the fall — and that those votes are essential to his reelection. Several times over the past few days, Trump has signaled that he’d like to crack down on rioters. Every time, he’s been talked about out of it by Jared Kushner, and by aides Kushner has hired and controls. Kushner’s assumption, apparently, is that black voters like looting. That’s wrong. Normal Americans of all colors hate looting. Obviously. Why wouldn’t they?
So what are the lessons of all we’ve seen over the past five days? America will change because of this. What can we learn from it? What should we demand? The first thing to know is that we can no longer accept race-baiting from our leaders. It’s become so common that we barely notice it. But it’s dividing and destroying the country. We should make them stop. Yesterday, for example, Mayor Jenny Durkin of Seattle tweeted this, quote: “I want to acknowledge that much of the violence and destruction, both here in Seattle and across the country, has been instigated and perpetuated by white men.” End quote. Is that factually true? Who knows? Who cares? The skin color of criminals is irrelevant to how we prosecute the crimes they commit. It must be. Otherwise we’re committing the racism we claim to abhor. Yet everywhere on television and social media, prominent people are now talking like this. Not just a few of them. Hundreds and hundreds of them. They’re amplifying race hatred at the very moment we need it least, when it’s the most dangerous.