Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who continues to come under fire for his racist rhetoric, zeroed in on potential Black women vice presidential candidates on Monday night, accusing Joe Biden of selecting them “exclusively” based on their race and gender and calling those candidates unqualified.
Carlson, whose former head writer resigned last month after a CNN investigation revealed that he had posted racist remarks in an online forum, began his Monday night show by hurling an attack against Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) and former Democratic Georgia House member Stacey Abrams.
Carlson said that ordinarily “no mainstream candidate” would consider these three Black women and that “all of them would be disqualified without debate.”
The far-right Fox host sought to paint Bass as a “lunatic” far-left radical, describing her as a “Fidel Castro acolyte” and an armed revolutionary. He called Abrams “delusional” and said that Harris was “repulsive,” adding that “pretty much no one who knows Kamala Harris likes her.”
Carlson’s attack grew more pointed when he suggested that these women of color did not represent a “blue ribbon group.”
The conservative host falsely accused Biden of making selections “exclusively” based on race and gender, suggesting the move was “probably illegal.”
Although Biden has committed to selecting a woman, he has not said that he will select a woman of color. By singling out the Black women up for consideration and focusing on their race, Carlson appears to deny and strip each woman of her qualifications as a leader — even griping that Biden was getting away with it because “no one’s pushing back against it.”