Fox News host Tucker Carlson called Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) "untethered from reality" and took her anti-Trump-administration rhetoric down in one seven-minute segment during Monday's airing of "Tucker Carlson Tonight."
Referring to Waters' appearance at a Los Angeles town hall event last week where the liberal hero called HUD Secretary Ben Carson a "white-wing nationalist," Carlson defended Carson's governmental qualifications and debated Waters' sentiments.
Waters, during her town hall appearance, seemed to say that Carson was part of the "white nationalist" crowd.
“While the president was defending the white nationalists and the KKK and all of those 'alt-right' groups who were basically out there in Virginia,” Waters said.
Waters continued, “literally beating and marching and ranting about Jews and black people.”
“But this is what this Cabinet looks like, whether we talk about [Treasury Secretary Steve] Mnuchin or Ben Carson, who’s over at HUD,” Waters concluded. “If you think reclaiming my time that I did with Mnuchin, you wait ’til Ben Carson comes.”
Carlson's Monday night guest, New York Councilman Jumaane Williams, backed Waters' comments that Carson doesn't belong in Housing and Urban Development, and claimed that Carson was only appointed to the secretary position because he "has some melanin in his skin."
Williams had choice comments of his own and even buffered Waters' assertion that lumped Carson in with "white nationalists."
“There, for me, seemed no other reason for a man who was clearly unqualified, had no experience in housing at all, whatsoever, and when you have the word ‘urban’ in it, to put someone with some melanin in his skin," Williams said.
He also said that Carson was part of a "white supremacist agenda" because “people who believe in neo-Nazism, people who believe in [white] supremacy support those [Trump] agendas, support those ideologies, support those polices, and Ben Carson is part of those who support it.”
The problem with Waters
Waters lumped Carson in with politicians of what she considers to be questionable moral fiber, but to be fair, Carson has never appeared to be cut from the same cloth as other members of the Trump administration.
Waters preaches inclusivity and acceptance but can't get her arms around the idea that Carson is doing good things for the African-American community, even if she doesn't believe he belongs in the government.
Just because Carson isn't following the party handbook doesn't mean that he's not making progress for American families, whether black or otherwise.
Carson has been explicit in his beliefs that through hard work, any dreams can be achieved, and has referred to racism as a "sickness."
"Through hard work, perseverance and a faith in God, you can live your dreams," Carson has said.
Carson has never been anything but upfront about his desires to help the American people. When announcing his presidential bid in the 2016 election, he was adamant that he was not a "politician."
“I’m not a politician,” Carson said. “I don’t want to be a politician because politicians do what is politically expedient. I want to do what’s right.”
Perhaps if Waters considered Carson's strong moral fiber and ceased questioning his capabilities, real work could be accomplished.