Fox News host Tucker Carlson lamented on Monday that some people would like to see a more diverse Congress, calling the notion a “racist pitch.”
Discussing Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s (D-MI) recent comments on ABC News’ This Week, in which the congresswoman suggested that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “uplift the women — the women of color — in your caucus”, Carlson accused Tlaib and others who say the same of being racist.
"’Give us power because of our skin color’ -- that's the argument Tlaib is making,” the host said. “Many make that argument, [Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)] made the very same case during her Democratic primary campaign last year.”
Carlson then went on to compare Tlaib’s words to those of racist candidates in the Jim Crow era:
“It's every bit as repugnant as a white candidate making the same appeal, and many Democrats did make that appeal, racial appeal, under Jim Crow. ‘Vote for me because of my race,’ it's disgusting, but it's everywhere now and Democrats applaud it.”
In fact, people of color are only slowly catching up to white people when it comes to representation in Congress.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, people of color made up 41.8 percent of the population in 2018, but Politico noted earlier this year that the 116th Congress is only 21 percent non-white — setting a new record, nevertheless.
Calling for greater diversity and more equal representation is not racist — unless you are Tucker Carlson.