On Wednesday evening Tucker Carlson of Fox News took a short break from his regularly scheduled parade of projectile propaganda. That meant briefly setting aside his slobbering support for the totalitarianism of Vladimir Putin’s Russia, his deadly pro-COVID, anti-vaccine disinformation, and his embrace of Donald Trump’s treasonous January 6th insurrectionists.
But he had what he certainly regards as a righteous reason to interrupt that stew of hatred and lies. Carlson’s latest tirade was an elaborate extension of the notorious white nationalism that has made him so popular with the avowed racists that he insists deserve to be loved.
The trigger for this pivot into (even more) prejudice was the news that Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is retiring, and that President Biden intends to keep his campaign promise to nominate a Black woman to the Court. Nothing could be more abhorrent to Carlson and his cadre of conservative Klanists at Fox News and in the Republican Party.
To make sure that no one missed the point, Carlson devoted a full twelve minutes to this subject. It was a rancid regurgitation of the racism that has become the hallmark of his program, as well as the official doctrine of Fox News and GOP. Carlson’s outrage was unrestrained. Also unhinged, unreasonable and untruthful (video below for those with strong stomachs):
“‘I will appoint a Black woman to the Court.’ That was Biden’s promise. Alright. But which Black woman exactly? Biden didn’t tell us. Biden didn’t mention the Supreme Court nominee’s legal qualifications, or judicial philosophy, or ability to perform one of the most important jobs in the country. He didn’t even tell us if she was a nice person. All he said was she’s gonna be Black and she’s gonna be female. Because to him that’s all that matters.”
To no one’s surprise, Carlson is lying. Biden has often spoken of the qualifications required to be a Supreme Court Justice. He has likewise expressed his opinions about judicial philosophy. Carlson’s attention span is limited to only what will fit his miniscule and pre-determined mindset. But he wasn’t through making an asinine bigot of himself. He felt it necessary to prove his ability to muddy any discourse with patently idiotic rhetoric:
“Where is Biden’s Pacific Islander nominee? Why isn’t there an American Indian on the court? Or a gender queer? Or someone from the chronic fatigue syndrome community. Or a justice with cognitive disabilities? Why isn’t there an Afghan refugee under consideration? You can laugh, but suddenly these are entirely fair questions.”
Indeed, we can laugh. But we’re laughing at Carlson (as usual), not with him. However, his ludicrous assertions that every possible demographic minority be represented on a nine person panel isn’t really funny. It is offensive. Particularly to the Black Americans who have been underrepresented and/or excluded from such institutions for decades. And Carlson seems to think that efforts to provide equity are illegitimate if they don’t include people like him (i.e. those with cognitive disabilities).
Carlson went on to mock Biden’s intention to have a judiciary that “looks like America.” And he took the time to malign the qualifications of each of the potential nominees being considered. He concluded, in his blatant bigotry, that not a single one of these accomplished Black women were suited to sit on the Court. But he did have another infantile suggestion:
“So you have to wonder at this point, since we’re going by skin color and gender, why Joe Biden is ignoring the obvious choice. Why doesn’t Joe Biden strike a real blow for equity and nominate Bridget Floyd? That was George Floyd’s sister. She is not a judge or a lawyer or whatever, but in this case, who cares? Clearly, that’s not the point anymore – this law stuff.”
No offense to Ms. Floyd, but she isn’t a serious contender for this post. Nevertheless, that’s the level of seriousness with which Carlson takes these matters. He purposefully turns the discussion into a farce, because that’s where his brand of obnoxious idiocy works best. He could never engage in a substantive debate because his intellectual skills are too riddled with rancor and loathing. And that’s just what he was hired to peddle to the prejudiced pissants who watch Fox News by the prejudiced posers who run it.
UPDATE: For Carlson’s benefit, here is what President Biden said in his official announcement regarding the appointment of a nominee to fill the seat of Justice Breyer:
“The person I will nominate will be someone with extraordinary qualifications, character, experience, and integrity, and that person will be the first Black woman ever nominated to the United States Supreme Court.”
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