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Tucker and Trump Continue to Espouse the Deadly White Nationalist “Invasion” Conspiracy To Inject Fear, As Title 42 Status Remains In Doubt

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Washington, DC – On last night’s broadcast of ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ on Fox News, Carlson dished up  more inflammatory white nationalist terrorist rhetoric, arming his legion of viewers with fear, which previously has led to violence. Peddling the racist talking points that migrants seeking a better life in our country are hostile and malicious “invaders” entering the U.S. at El Paso and elsewhere, Carlson parroted the racist screeds of the terrorists who attacked El Paso in 2019 and Buffalo in May of this year. He said:

“This is an invasion of our country…This is the biggest story in recent American history, a total change in the American population, millions and millions and millions of new people. The country will never be what it was five years ago.” 

Former President Donald Trump is also continuing to spread this deadly rhetoric. In a statement released yesterday, Trump continues to engage in the white nationalist call-to-arms that experts have labeled “stochastic terrorism,” a generalized call to defend the country, though no specific person or group is charged with repelling the so-called “invasion.”  

“Over the past two years, Joe Biden has invited millions of illegal aliens to infiltrate our country in a gigantic unlawful invasion.

[…] By abolishing what remains of Title 42, Biden is willfully and deliberately triggering a cataclysm of illegal immigration like the world has never seen before.

[…] The border can ONLY be secured by confronting Biden’s lawless and criminal misconduct—and stopping his illicit crusade to set loose millions of illegal aliens into the interior.” 

According to Mario Carillo, Campaigns Director for America’s Voice: 

“Time and time again, we have seen the GOP spread these dangerous lies that immigrants are invading our country. The truth is that many at the border are fleeing violence and persecution and are availing themselves of the U.S. asylum system legally. They are being placed into that system with approval from U.S. authorities, while many others, much like my family did more than 30 years ago, are immigrants who have come to our country in search of a better life but have no way of obtaining a visa to do so. 

This language peddled by the GOP is not only dehumanizing, but it is also dangerous. My hometown of El Paso was targeted by a mass murderer espousing the same language as Carlson and Trump and many others within the GOP. He killed 23 people who he felt were hostile invaders and didn’t belong, people who looked like me, my parents and my wife and child. They know their well-armed followers have acted on this fear of an invasion in the past, yet they continue to use the words and spread the fear that they feel will galvanize political support and fealty to the GOP. After El Paso, after Buffalo, after the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh and after Christchurch, Republicans are continuing the drumbeat of invasion rhetoric, putting targets on the backs of American families like mine with no care for the consequences of their dangerous words.

This moves our country farther from solutions to move past failed policies like Title 42 which have increased chaos and danger at the border dramatically and delays the implementation of policies to establish a humane and orderly process for those seeking safety and those seeking opportunity. Instead, the GOP’s two loudest mouthpieces amplify white nationalist conspiracy theories for their own power and profit at the expense of public safety and unity.”