A British writer popular with white nationalists appeared Thursday morning on “Fox & Friends” to argue that “common sense” ideas about identity had been turned into a “hate crime.”
Anti-immigrant activist Douglas Murray — author of “Neoconservatism: Why We Need It” and “The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam” — spoke to Fox News host Ainsley Earhardt about his viral essay, “Vacuous liberal wokeness is now beyond parody.”
“You say that ‘liberal wokeness’ turned beliefs that once seemed like into hate crimes,” Earhardt said. “What used to be considered common sense that’s now a hate crime, in your opinion?”
Murray, a contributor for the online “Prager University” lecture series, met strong pushback on his views earlier this week on BBC’s Radio 4, but Earhardt allowed him push his reactionary points without challenge.
“Well, we have been through a period in America and the rest of the West in recent decades where we have amazing rights attainments, amazing set of things,” Murray said. “Racial equality, equality for women, equality for sexual minorities, and it’s almost as if, in recent years, we haven’t been able to cope with the idea of getting to equality. We’ve raced back past that.”
Murray insisted that minority groups should be satisfied with their gains, but also not force anyone else to recognize them.
“This is all like seeing a train pulling into its desired destination and getting ahead of steam and shooting off down the tracks scattering people in its wake,” he said. “Because all of the time these days there are culture wars being fought over all of these issues — over LGBT issues, over relations between sexes, over racial issues.”
Murray told Fox News viewers that minority groups had won the culture wars and were now victimizing conservatives.
“It’s never been better than this,” Murray added. “We are portraying things as if it’s never been worse. All of these identity issues are being weaponized for I think purely political purposes.”
On Fox & Friends, Ainsley Earhardt and her guest discuss "what used to be considered common sense that's now a hate crime." pic.twitter.com/1s0eZ5hw1N
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Stephen Colbert rips ‘idiot’ GOP senator for defending Trump’s unconstitutional self-dealing
"Late Show" host Stephen Colbert returned from New Zealand for a new show that aired Monday evening.
"I have been as far from the insatiable black hole of news that is Donald Trump as you can get on this planet.
I've heard there have been some developments over the last 10 days that did not go well for Donnie,"
The host ripped Trump's 71-minute press conference.
"Seventy-one minutes is not a press conference, it's a one man show," he explained. "If you liked 'Fleabag,' you'll love Donald Trump in 'Douchebag,'" he said.
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Sen. Marco Rubio was once one of Donald Trump’s most formidable opponents; now, the Florida senator bends over backward to excuse the president’s corruption.
In 2016, Rubio and Trump sparred frequently on the Republican primary debate stage. Trump picked the uninspired nickname “Little Marco” for the senator, which didn’t seem to do much damage on its own, but Rubio never gained the momentum or strength that his backers hoped would prove to be strong enough to take down the reality TV candidate. As Rubio grew desperate, he launched one of his most memorable and pitiful attacks by stooping to his opponent’s level, implying that Trump had a small penis. It was more of an embarrassing moment for Rubio than anyone else, though Trump helped himself with a crude rejoinder.
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News anchor Shepard Smith once characterized comparing the two as “apples and teaspoons.”