Conservative radio host Alex Jones and Daily Caller founder Tucker Carlson complained that President Barack Obama was trying to divide the country and foment chaos during a wide-ranging interview on Wednesday, Media Matters reported.
“It’s just crazy to see a US president betting everything on class warfare, to divide and conquer. It’s surreal to see them trying to sell a federalization of police — really a new soft civil war, in Al Sharpton’s new words,” Jones said. “It’s just crazy.”
Jones’ remark was an appropriation of a statement Sharpton made in 2012, when he accused Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and fellow Republicans of using state rights as a cover for ignoring federal laws protecting voting rights.
“They want every state to now decide who can vote, what are the voting laws, they want every state now to decide who gets health care,” Sharpton said at the time. “So we are really having a 21st century version of the Civil War all over again.”
For his part, Carlson agreed with Jones, saying Obama was relying on “identity politics” to stir up interracial disputes that can lead to violence.
Obama’s administration, he said, was “making excuses for them, and therefore encouraging that kind of behavior. It’s scary. I mean, they categorize people by race in a way that, you know, you can’t even imagine. Thirty years ago you would have said, ‘Wait a second, that’s like Nazi stuff.'”
Jones then accused Democrats of “inverting” the Civil Rights Act and Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, failing to mention that many “Dixiecrats” who opposed the law at the time gravitated toward the GOP. The government’s efforts, he said, extended into video games and even the film Mad Max: Fury Road.
“They kill every man at the end to create a utopia, and it’s not surreal; they’re serious,” he said, taking a page from some self-identified “Men’s rights activists.” “It’s not satire. So now they’re getting more intense on just saying men are bad, period. This is an establishment that is trying to balkanize the country.”
(SPOILERS follow for the film below)
In reality, not only is Fury Road‘s director, George Miller, a man, but the film’s titular hero is one of several male characters who survive, including residents of the Citadel.
Watch an excerpt from the interview, as posted by Media Matters on Wednesday, below.