Fox News host Tucker Carlson battled it out with a Black Lives Matter activist supporter who tried to justify an “blacks-only” Memorial Day event. The debate with Lisa Durden got so heated so quickly Monday that he cut her microphone early on, and seemed to cut the interview short later.
“I thought the whole point of Black Lives Matter was to speak out against singling out people based on race, and punishing them for that, because you can’t control what your race is,” Carlson began. “And yet they seem to be doing that, explain that to me.”
“What I say to that is boo-hoo-hoo, you white people are angry because you couldn’t use your ‘white privilege’ card to get invited to the Black Lives Matter’s all-black Memorial Day celebration! Wow! Let me contextualize that for you,” she shouted.
“Memorial Day was created by black former slaves in 1865,” she continued, “to honor those individuals who were Union soldiers who fought and died for our freedoms so Black Lives Matter in that same vein decided to get together with black folks to honor black folks. To make sure that black folks was celebrated for being murdered by racist terrorists!”
Carlson cut off her microphone at this point. Durden then claimed that white people had “white day” all the time, citing whites-only TV shows, all-white Oscars awards celebrations, and all-white movies.
“‘The Bachelorette,’ it took 11 seasons for a black bachelorette! Are you serious?” she yelled.
“Do you think it would be fair if white people did come to a Black Lives Matter celebration to use the same water fountain that you do?” Carlson asked.
“They do all the time,” Durden responded, “when you look at Black Lives Matter marches and you see black lives are coming together collectively for issues, you see people of all races, so we do accept them. This particular day, they said, ‘Stay your asses out! We want to celebrate today.’ We don’t want anybody going against us today.”
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“And you can’t celebrate if someone who doesn’t look like you is around?” Carlson asked, and then interrupted her answer. “You’re demented actually, you’re sick. And what you’re saying is disgusting, and if you were a Nazi, I would be saying the same thing to you.”
“Luckily I’m not a Nazi!” she exclaimed.
“What you’re saying is indistinguishable from what they are saying,” Carlson concluded, “which is I don’t care for your opinions, your views, your life experience, your intentions, all I care about is the way you look, something you can’t control. And on that basis alone I’m judging you, and I’m hostile to you. That’s the case you’re making and it’s divisive and wrong. And it’s amazing that you even have to say that out loud.”
President Donald Trump ran against what any conservatives saw as coddling of groups like Black Lives Matter to the detriment of law enforcement officers. The president promised to return the U.S. to law and order instead of encouraging anti-cop activists.