Fox News’s Tucker Carlson blasted the ADL in a segment Monday night for opposing demographic change in Israel while promoting it in the United States.
Last week, speaking on “Fox News Primetime”, Tucker Carlson had brought up the issue of demographic change in America, suggesting that the Democratic Party was bringing in immigrants for political purposes. “If you change the population, you dilute the political power of the people who live there,” Tucker said. “White replacement theory? No, no, this is a voting rights question.”
However, Tucker was then attacked for bringing up the question of demographic change by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the Jewish rights organisation led by CEO Jonathan Greenblatt. “Mr. Carlson’s attempt to at first dismiss this theory, while in the very next breath endorsing it under cover of ‘a voting rights question,’ does not give him free license to invoke a white supremacist trope,” said Greenblatt in a letter to Fox News, demanding he be fired.
However, in a segment Monday night, Tucker fired back against the ADL, and noted that the ADL themselves argue against demographic change in Israel. The Fox News host then read from an essay from 2010 that is currently hosted on the ADL’s site, which he described as “what an unvarnished conversation about what a country’s national interest might look like”:
With historically high birth rates among the Palestinians, and a possible influx of Palestinian refugees and their descendants now living around the world, Jews would quickly become a minority within a bi-national state, thus likely ending any semblance of equal representation and protections. In this situation, the Jewish population would be increasingly politically – and potentially physically – vulnerable. It is unrealistic and unacceptable to expect the state of Israel to voluntarily subvert its own sovereign existence and nationalist identity and become a vulnerable minority within what was once its own territory.
“Now from Israel’s perspective, this makes perfect sense,” Tucker continued. “Why would any democratic nation make its own citizens less powerful? Isn’t that the deepest betrayal of all? In the words of the ADL, why would a government subvert its own sovereign existence? Good question. Maybe ADL President Jonathan Greenblatt will join us sometime to explain, and tell us whether that same principle applies to the United States.”