Summary of Tucker Carlson: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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In the segment "white supremacy" from his show Last Week Tonight, Tucker Carlson argues that white supremacy is more dangerous when it isn't promoted by self-avowed white supremacists. He says that white identity politics is a problem because it can lead to harm.

  • 00:00:00 Tucker Carlson's recent comments on maternity flight suits and transgender people have sparked backlash, with some accusing him of racism and fascism. Fox News has responded by expanding his presence on their network and launching a new video podcast and long-form documentary series.
  • 00:05:00 Tucker Carlson grew up in a wealthy family in California, attended boarding school, and then became a print journalist. He started working for CNN in the 1990s. In 2003, he appeared on "The Daily Show" and discussed the O.J. trial. He later became a Fox News host. In 2016, he appeared on "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver," where he discussed conservative politician Pat Buchanan. Oliver found Carlson's origins to be very white and privileged.
  • 00:10:00 Tucker Carlson's signature move is to position himself as someone just asking the hard questions the ones that the elites don't want you asking. Ilhan Omar, a critic of America, is a good example of this. Tucker argues that if we dismantle the system of oppression, we need to dismantle the entire American economy and system of government.
  • 00:15:00 Tucker Carlson's "Last Week Tonight" show featured a segment on the riots at the US Capitol in January. He argues that the protesters were motivated by a belief that the last election was not fair, and that they are criminals who have no right to damage what others have built. He calls for the protection of western civilization, which he describes as being superior to any other culture.
  • 00:20:00 Tucker Carlson's show Last Week Tonight features a segment called "white supremacy." This segment discusses how white supremacy is not just promoted by self-avowed white supremacists, but can actually be more dangerous when it isn't. David Duke, a former grand wizard of white supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan, has endorsed Carlson's show and has spoken approvingly of Carlson's white identity politics. This creates a problem because Carlson's show sells white supremacy to conservative audiences, which can lead to harm.

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