During a segment with Justin Haskins, a “research” fellow at the far-right climate denial think tank, the Heartland Institute, Fox News host Tucker Carlson disparaged the idea of “climate migrants” who might need asylum from conditions caused by climate change — and escalated to an extreme, racist rant against accepting migrants at all.
“I thought, according to Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren and everybody else on the socialist left, that human beings are causing climate change, that human CO2 emissions, that that’s what’s causing climate change, that it’s going to be catastrophic” said Haskins. “Well if that’s true, then why are we bringing people from all over the world, where they produce CO2 emissions less per person, in places like Mexico and Guatemala, places like that, why are we bringing them to the United States, where we produce CO2 emissions per person at a much higher rate?”
“And also, if you cared about the environment, which I personally do emphatically care, I actually go outside once in a while unlike most people on the left, why would you want a crowded country?” said Carlson. “Isn’t crowding your country the fastest way to despoil it, to pollute it, to make it a place you wouldn’t want to live?”
Neither Carlson nor Haskins appear concerned by the possibility that the developing world is in fact less equipped to protect its citizens from climate change, and many of its countries are in regions of the world more heavily affected by it. Nor do they offer any evidence that allowing migrants would result in a “crowded country,” given that as it is, U.S. population density is less than a third that of Europe.
But a dominant theme of Carlson’s Fox News segments is the overwhelming fear that the United States is letting in too many nonwhite people. Carlson has openly questioned the idea that diversity is a strength in America, and regularly attacks migrants and refugees as something to fear.
Tucker Carlson says admitting more migrants to America is a way to “despoil it, to pollute it, to make it a place you wouldn’t want to live” pic.twitter.com/AKht7fRCjm
— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) November 12, 2019
Trumpland’s simmering anger at George Conway finally erupts into a bitter public feud
George Conway, husband of senior Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, has been a known vocal critic of the Trump administration for a large portion of Donald Trump's presidency, and his anti-Trump Twitter rants were mostly ignored from within the White House. Now, his clear ideological conflict with his wife and her boss seems to finally be boiling over as a Trump official surprised observers by pushing back against his comments.
In a tweet this Wednesday, Trump's 2020 campaign manager took a shot at Conway for promoting an anti-Trump book.
Mitch McConnell may let Republicans write Senate impeachment rules without Democratic votes
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is plotting to shut out Democrats on impeachment if a bipartisan compromise on rules for the trial can't be reached.
The Kentucky Republican said this week that he hopes to reach an agreement on rules for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, but he's also readying a "backup plan" in case he can't reach an agreement with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, reported Vanity Fair.
“The first thing Sen. Schumer and I will do is see if there’s a possibility of agreement on a procedure,” McConnell said. “That failing, I would probably come back to my own members and say, ‘Okay, can 51 of us agree how we’re going to handle this?’”
Investigation uncovers Israel-based group behind bigoted Facebook smear campaign aimed at US Muslim congresswomen
"The goal of these anti-Muslim hate campaigns is clear—they put Muslim lives here and around the world at risk and undermine our country's commitment to religious pluralism."
Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, the first two Muslim-American women elected to Congress, have been the target of a sustained campaign of far right hate and lies originating from a shadowy Israeli group, according to an investigation published Thursday by The Guardian.