Tucker Carlson calls Barack Obama 'racial arsonist' over demand for stricter gun laws, says 'he sows hate'
Fox News host Tucker Carlson has once again managed to anger the Internet after calling former president Barack Obama a 'racial arsonist'. Carlson's latest comments came during the opening monologue of his show, where he was discussing the reactions to the deadly shooting in Boulder, Colorado on March 22.
Responding to the shooting, Obama called for stricter gun laws and offered a veiled attack of Republicans who were opposed to gun reform legislation. "We can overcome opposition by cowardly politicians and the pressure of a gun lobby that opposes any limit on the ability of anyone to assemble an arsenal. We can, and we must," Obama said in a statement.
Carlson does not seem to have taken that statement well and responded with an outright attack on the former president, which led many to slam the host on social media. It's just the latest in the long line of attacks between Democrats and Republicans over gun laws, as the nation grieves over the 10 lives lost in Boulder.
'He deepens the wounds that divide us'
Carlson's opening monologue is filled with many incendiary comments, but toward the end he really tears into Obama. "More than any other contemporary leader, Barack Obama is a racial arsonist," Carlson says. He then goes on to add, "he emerges at our most vulnerable moments to deepen the wounds that divide us. He sows hate." After that, Carlson attacked Obama's statement, saying "Today, Obama took a break from becoming one of the richest men in the world to issue a statement blaming racism and misogyny."
Carlson ended his attack by saying that Obama "managed to divide Americans a little more than they were yesterday, and so from his perspective, mission accomplished." All this of course, comes in response to Obama's statement.
The former president issued a brief statement through social media where he said, "A once-in-a-century pandemic cannot be the only thing that slows mass shootings in this country." Obama did not specify if he backed any particular legislation or bills, but it was clear from his statement that he believed that more reforms were needed. That's the line many democrats, including President Joe Biden, are taking in response to the shooting.
The White House confirmed that Biden is open to passing legislation through executive action if Congress fails to act. During his time as president, Obama used executive action to pass gun reform laws, as Republicans who controlled the Senate refused to budge. Now, the upper chamber is stuck in a similar deadlock, forcing Biden to consider bypassing Congress altogether.
While the government is in deadlock, more Americans are dying every day. And it seems like social media has had enough, with many users targeting Carlson for his attack on Obama.
Internet slams Carlson for his 'fake rage'
Many users angrily targeted Carlson for his remarks. One user tweeted, "@TuckerCarlson you can f&@k right off. Your fake rage over cancellation and culture wars is ridiculous. You spread hate. How about you actually talk to people who’ve experienced gun violence? Keep dissing military females you soft POS! I served for your right to spew lies." "Tucker Carlson is racist garbage" another tweeted blankly. Another asked, "Could someone tell Tucker Carlson he is the dumbest ass in the world. Barack Obama tweet how we need to have stronger gun laws, Carlson called him racist and an arsonist. What the hell is wrong with him?!!" One user commented, "The laughable part about this whole fiction is that these US citizen gun owners you talk about are comfortable, middle class and under no existential threat. I mean Tucker carlson isnt that good."
@TuckerCarlson you can f&@k right off. Your fake rage over cancellation and culture wars is ridiculous. You spread hate. How about you actually talk to people who’ve experienced gun violence? Keep dissing military females you soft POS! I served for your right to spew lies.— M Lowe (@Michell79014247) March 24, 2021
Tucker Carlson is racist garbage.— kBakesBye (@kbakesbye) March 24, 2021
Could someone tell Tucker Carlson he is the dumbest ass in the world. Barack Obama tweet how we need to have stronger gun laws, Carlson called him racist and an arsonist. What the hell is wrong with him?!!— Eric Campbell (@EricCam56928914) March 24, 2021
The laughable part about this whole fiction is that these US citizen gun owners you talk about are comfortable, middle class and under no existential threat.— Negative Nabob (@Russdaren) March 24, 2021
I mean Tucker carlson isnt that good.
The House passed two bills earlier this month related to gun laws. HR 8 expands background checks on all commercial gun sales and HR 1146 restricts the ability for gun dealers to transfer firearms before checks are completed. Biden has urged the Senate to pass both bills, but with the upper chamber split 50-50, it seems unlikely to pass.