Tucker Carlson; Alan Dershowitz (Fox News)

Alan Dershowitz calls out Tucker Carlson for his racist remarks about immigrants on his own Fox show

"Language like that was used to describe my grandparents and great-grandparents – and probably some of yours"


Shira Tarlo
December 20, 2018 4:11PM (UTC)

Famed attorney and constitutional scholar Alan Dershowitz, who is a frequent defender of President Donald Trump,  called out Fox News host Tucker Carlson about the racist remarks about immigartion that he recently doubled down on — specifically, that immigration makes the U.S. "poorer and dirtier."

The "Tucker Carlson Tonight" host invited Dershowitz on his primetime show to discuss the latest developments in the case of Michael Flynn, the retired U.S. Army lieutenant general who served as Trump's national security adviser for just 21 days and is awaiting sentencing for lying to the FBI about his communications with Russian officials as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing probe into foreign interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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Dershowitz, however, wasted no time in addressing Carlson's racist rhetoric, which reportedly caused at least 16 companies to pull advertising for his show in response.

"I hate boycotts and attempts to censor free speech. I'm in favor of complete dialogue, but as such, I feel compelled to tell you that I, with due respect, disagree with the way you categorize mass immigration," Dershowitz said. "That's all. I just want to say that."

Carlson, who seemed surprised by Dershowitz remark, thanked his guest for his "willingness to say what you think is right in public and to defend your views, to have a conversation and to let others decide which side is right."

"That's something that I wish we were able to do a lot more of," Carlson added, "but you're one of the only liberals who will come on this show."

Dershowitz then thanked Carlson for allowing him to come on his show to "say what I think" and to publicly disagree with him.

"I wish you hadn't used that language," Dershowitz added, circling back to his earlier criticism. "Language like that was used to describe my grandparents and great-grandparents – and probably some of yours. So let's move on."

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Earlier this week, Carlson doubled down on his bigoted remarks from last week about the migrant caravan, claiming that liberal talking points were encouraging undocumented immigrants to flood into the country.

"It's true," Carlson told viewers Monday. "The left says we have a moral obligation to admit the world's poor – even if it makes our own country more like Tijuana is now, which is to say poorer and dirtier and more divided."

He then referenced interviews he conducted with Tijuana delegate Genaro Lopez about the caravan of migrants traveling from Central America to the U.S. that President Donald Trump has labeled a "national emergency."

"That's what we said. It's true, ask Genaro Lopez," Carlson said. "Thanks to the efforts of the American left, he and his city are living with the consequences. But precisely because it is so obviously true, saying it out loud is a threat."

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He also criticized the companies like the jobs website Indeed and the insurance provider Pacific Life, which in recent days have yanked their ad dollars from his program.

"A lot of people profiting from the policy don't want the rest of us to think about it too much. They just want us to mouth the empty platitudes and move on, 'Nothing to see here. Shut up, and go away.' Those who won't shut up get silenced. The enforcers scream, 'racist' on Twitter until everybody gets intimidated and changes the subject to the Russia investigation or some other distraction," Carlson said. "It's a tactic – a well-worn one. Nobody thinks it's real, and it won't work with this show. We're not intimidated. We plan to try to say what's true until the last day."


Shira Tarlo

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