Fox News host Tucker Carlson appeared on right-wing conspiracy enthusiast Alex Jones’ radio show on Friday. The two men shared their paranoia about Latino immigrants, dubbing them the new Ku Klux Klan.
“I’ve looked at the Democratic Party and I’ve looked at the demographics,” Jones said on his radio program, which airs via the Genesis Communication Network. “Now, I’ve always been non-partisan, but you can see they’re going to get rid of the Republican Party right now. They are making it commit suicide and the Republicans are absolutely helping in this.”
Jones then told his version of the history of the Republicans’ “Southern Strategy,” in which segregationists abandoned the Democratic Party for the Republicans during racial integration. Republicans used the influx of racist whites to gain electoral dominance in the former slave states.
“And the Democrats went from being the Ku Klux Klan party on race with Sen. [John] Byrd [D-VA] and all of them,” Jones said, “to literally going, ‘Okay, we’re gonna go race politic with the minorities, make them the majority.'”
As a result, he said, “we as Republicans, as Libertarians, or as white people” are made to feel guilty and “beat ourselves with whips on the head” for being white.
“And meanwhile, the Democrats have just recreated the Ku Klux Klan movement,” he continued, “but they’ve done it with minorities.”
“Yeah, there’s a lot of truth in that,” agreed Carlson. “I wish there weren’t. I mean, there’s no question that the country is more race conscious than it was when I was a kid. I thought we were moving away…I mean, I hate segregation.”
“Clarence Thomas said that and got demonized last week,” Jones said.
“It’s just factually true,” Carlson said.
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[Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly described Alex Jones radio show as “Internet-only.”]