Fox, Tucker and Trump: Get Your Knees off Their Necks

Thom plus logo Following the lead of Donald Trump, it's increasingly appearing that the principal Republican electoral strategy this year is to try to frighten white people with threats of angry black people coming to get them. It's as if Roger stone is still advising Trump, the way he advised Nixon back in the day.

In the small Oregon town of Klamath Falls last Sunday night, about 200 locals showed up downtown with guns, baseball bats, and whatever other weapons they could find around the house to fight off the busloads of black Antifa marauders who Jewish billionaire George Soros had paid to put on a bus in Portland and was sending their way.

Of course, George Soros had done no such thing and there were no busloads of black people. But the warnings were all over the Klamath Falls Facebook group, and, it turns out, similar Facebook groups for small towns all over America.

Literally, from coast to coast, last weekend white residents of small towns showed up in their downtown areas with guns, rifles, hammers, and axes prepared to do battle with busloads of black people being sent into their small white towns by George Soros.

Nobody's sure whether these messages, which activated frightened white people across the nation, came from local Boogaloo and other white supremacist groups trying to gauge what might happen if they actually can kick off a second American Civil War, or whether they came from some foreign government trying to tear America apart.

But they worked.

In the tiny town of Falls, Washington, frightened white people brought out chainsaws and cut down trees to block the road leading to their town. In South Bend, Indiana police were overwhelmed by 911 calls from frightened white people wanting to know when the Antifa buses were arriving. And in rural Luzern county, Pennsylvania, the local neighborhood internet group warned people that busloads of black people were "organizing to riot and loot."

Similar stories played out from Danville, California to Jacksonville, Florida, as documented by NBC News.

Of course, it was all a fiction.

Reporters found that white people in these small towns often didn't realize they'd been punked when the Antifa buses failed to arrive, but instead thought that they had successfully kept them away by their show of force.

Many pledge to keep showing up night after night with their guns and hammers, thinking they're protecting their small towns.

The next day, on Monday night, Fox News's Tucker Carlson took his swing at tearing America apart with a 25-minute rant arguing that "Black Lives Matter" has now, essentially, taken over America and America's news media.

"This may be a lot of things, this moment we're living through, but it is definitely not about black lives," Carlson gravely intoned. "Remember that when they come for you, and at this rate, they will."

While Carlson didn't say who the "they" who "will come for you" were, or if they were black people being sent by George Soros, the philanthropist has appeared for years as the puppet-master bogeyman on Fox News, rightwing hate radio, and on anti-Semitic, racist or Republican websites and Facebook groups.

Here's a message to white people across America: nobody's coming to get you.

There are people whose skin is darker than yours who are tired of being discriminated against, beaten, harassed and, frequently, even murdered by people who look like you and me.

And, by and large, their response has been to simply ask that the violence and hate directed at them stop.

While Bill Barr, Donald Trump, and right wing groups like Freedomworks are doing what they can to stoke white fear and sometimes even hate, black people are simply asking to be treated like the human beings they are.

The electoral strategy of frightening white people worked well for Richard Nixon in 1968 with his "Southern strategy" and for George HW Bush with his Willie Horton ads. It put them both in the White House.

But back then the only black faces on television were either bad guys in cop shows or buffoons in situation comedies. Many white people, having no contact in their lives with people of color, believed these stereotypes to be generally true. Such white people are over-represented among the elderly white population that watches Fox News and consumes rightwing hate radio.

Today, however, our media is more diverse and a young generation has grown up realizing that we are all, people of all races, in this life and this country together.

White America is changing, awakening, and realizing black people simply want the same thing white people do: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

No matter how many freaky anti-Antifa tweets Trump pushes out, or press conferences Bill Barr holds blaming anti-fascists and black people for America's problems, this is no longer 1968 or 1992.

Hopefully, It's not going to work. After more than 240 years, we may finally be witnessing the birth pains of a transition into a newer and better America.

History will tell if the final voice on this is that of hatemongers like Tucker Carlson, or if the simple demand of George Floyd's eulogist, Reverend Al Sharpton, prevail.

Sharpton said, "What happened to George Floyd happens everywhere. It's time to stand up and say, 'Get your knee off our necks.'"

It's damn well about time.

-Thom

Comments

whatabout's picture
whatabout 15 weeks 1 day ago
#1

Thom, Lately I have turned on Tucker Carlson and I have found him to be quite logical and he has called out Trump as well as many in his administration the latest being Jared Kushner. I am not ever going to say he is anywhere near center but I do find Brett Baier and Martha McCallum that precedes Carlson to be at least somewhat neutral and certainly far better than anything on CNN or MSNBC.

Like it or not, Tucker Carlson is dead on saying the BLM movement has taken over the news cycle, and yes many are afraid and have taken steps to protect themselves and their businesses. Is this a result of Carlson or may I suggest it is more generated by the media and their 24/7 coverage of marches, rioting, and looting that followed the unfortunate murder of George Floyd? Please also note that during all the turmoil, stores that had armed owners protecting the doors were largely left untouched and that too was on national television.

Am I surprised that the internet flared up with rumors that "they are coming to get you" and people all over the country in small towns took up arms? Hell no, people coming together to protect each other have been going on in this country for centuries whoever be the perceived enemy. Kneejerk reactions promote more kneejerk responses.

There are lots of youtube videos of small town makeshift militia ushering out those wishing to do harm but the cursing tells me it is better left to the readers here to do their own research.

Were they all racist driven? Probably mostly drawn from live media coverage of people looting and burning. I suggest regardless or color, race, or creed, none of them would have been welcomed in small town America on the nights following Floyd's murder at the hands of a crazed cop.

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deepspace's picture
deepspace 15 weeks 1 day ago
#2

There ya go again... There is no truth in what you say, just unsourced crap you pulled out of your butt or more likely the racist butts of the Fux News "oh-so-logical" hosts with whom you are obviously enthralled, and who no doubt feed your delusions. These illusory screeds are pitiful attempts at excusing and diluting the very real problem of right-wing hate and systemic racism that is destroying our civilian police forces and tearing our nation apart.

"White nationalism" is nothing but a cheap euphemism for "white supremacy." As the popular saying (falsely attributed to Sinclair Lewis, though he would be in full agreement) accurately predicted, "When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross." Trump wingers are neither patriotic nor religious -- they are just liars.

whatabout's picture
whatabout 15 weeks 15 hours ago
#3

Moderator if there is one here:

I am new here so forgive me if I don't know all the rules.

Is it OK to throw out ad hominin attacks on other posters just because they are too biased to allow others to make comments that may or may not agree with the host?

Most forums I have participated in have a moderator that prevents personal attacks and bullying and those posters are quickly dealt with through public warnings followed by removal from the group. Does this forum follow that same practice?

If bulverism is permitted please let everyone know and we can go at it tooth and nail and drag this forum down into the mud.

deepspace's picture
deepspace 15 weeks 11 hours ago
#4

I can feel your anger.

Didn't know that calling out your Fux News bullsht was a personal attack. In reverse, would your idea of banned speech also count for spreading unsourced disinformation about the scourge of racism then? That's the real mud.

Now, what's that label wingers hang on overly sensitive liberals who whine too much? Oh yeah, "snowflake." Sorry for "triggering" you. Mea culpa.

BTW, in addition to his overt racism, Trump built his entire political career on ad hominem attacks against anyone and everyone who dares to call out his over-the-top bullsht too. Hypocrisy comes in many flavors.

SueN's picture
SueN 15 weeks 4 hours ago
#5

No, it's not OK.

Please keep it civil, everyone. If not, you will be booted. You have been warned!

SueN's picture
SueN 15 weeks 4 hours ago
#6

While Fox viewers tend to be misinformed (e.g. http://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2011/11/21/fox-news-viewers-uninformed-npr-listeners-not-poll-suggests/#5ed1be8b6189) there is no need to be rude - they may not realise it.

deepspace's picture
deepspace 15 weeks 1 hour ago
#7

Obviously, they do not.

Yeah, that Forbes article synopsis the Farleigh Dickinson University poll quite nicely -- a very important finding that quickly disappeared down the corporate media memory hole, naturally.

I seldom watch any of their shallow, sensational baloney, no matter the ideological bent (more of a reader than a watcher). But it does seem that some of them, MSNBC particularly, is getting somewhat better at focusing -- to a degree, anyway -- on the truly momentous and consequential events that deeply impact all of us. Perhaps the intervening Trump years and the cascade of lies have woke them up a bit.

As far as responding to the lies and conspiracy theories madly proliferating on the right, Amanda Marcotte nailed it. Thom is also an inspiration for how to talk to "conservatives" without blowing a cork -- a truly herculean task.

vetinla's picture
vetinla 15 weeks 18 min ago
#8

Again, if this, and events like it happened, and I believe they did, because I believe Thom,

where is our leadership? They should be all over the MSM with this story. But, they're not. The question is, why not?

SueN's picture
SueN 14 weeks 6 days ago
#9

Thom usually talks about the stuff he blogs about on air, and when he does, I do my best to find links relevant to what he says (and what guests and callers say), and put them in the stack on the newsletter. This comes out a few hours after the show, is free, and you can sign up for it.

Later on, I also post the stack on the site https://www.thomhartmann.com/radio/sues-daily-summaries

So you can check for yourself rather than just take Thom's (or anyone else's) word for it.

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