Tucker Carlson's Fox News show is racist, and Mike Pence just gave it his blessing.
Mike Pence used his position as vice president to give a boost to Tucker Carlson, the Fox News host who recently lost a slew of advertisers due to his program's racist content.
Pence granted Carlson a one-on-one interview to discuss Trump's shutdown of the federal government. along with other issues.
Carlson didn't bother to take a break from his white supremacist rants during the Pence broadcast. He used the segment before the interview to complain about efforts from Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), the incoming chair of the House Financial Services Committee, that push for more diversity in hiring.
Pence told Carlson he and Trump were "focused on" getting funding out of Congress for Trump's anti-immigrant border wall. "You have no border security without a wall, we'll have no deal without a wall," Pence reassured the racist host.
Taking a Trump-style stance against immigration, Carlson said allowing people into the country makes America "poorer and dirtier." The smear follows months and months of his show embracing a white supremacist stance, often echoing racists word-for-word.
At least 16 advertisers have pulled their messages from Carlson's program following his statements.
Pacific Life Insurance, who dropped advertising for the show, said, "Our customer base and our workforce reflect the diversity of our great nation, something we take great pride in. We will not be advertising on Mr. Carlson's show in the coming weeks as we reevaluate our relationship with his program."
Pence clearly has no problem associating himself with racism and bigotry as a key member of Trump's campaign and administration.
His presence on Carlson's program — particularly after the advertiser abandonment — is a clear signal of support for the host’s virulent views.
It is in line with an administration that repeatedly courted white supremacists, backs racist policies like building a wall and separating immigrant families, and described Nazis as "very fine people."
Fox News is Trump's safe space, a reliable promoter of his lies and propaganda, and a source for over 22 years of hateful programming attacking ethnic groups, religions, sexual orientation and anything they perceive to be a threat to conservatism.
Pence is in lockstep with Trump and the hatred of Fox, and his appearance on Tucker Carlson unfortunately puts the power of the White House behind yet another bigoted enterprise.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.