Fox News personality Tucker Carlson is known for saying whatever will garner the most attention from his audience—be it agreement or outrage.
Whether in regard to Covid-19 vaccine mandates, mask-wearing, or even critical race theory—which he admitted he has actually "never figured out"—Carlson always seems to have a firm opinion on tap.
But Carlson's recent admission indicates those opinions are mostly unqualified.
While speaking to Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume, Carlson admitted he doesn't understand what critical race theory is despite repeatedly railing against it on his program.
You can hear what he said in the video below.
"I have never figured out what critical race theory is, to be totally honest, after a year of talking about it. They're teaching that some races are morally superior to others."
"That some are inherently sinful and some are inherently saintly, and that it is immoral to teach that because it is wrong. That would be my view, and I think most voters' view."
You'd think you'd want to know what something is before you give your opinion on it, but that's not Carlson's style—or Fox News's, for that matter.
False claims schools have been teaching critical race theory to young children has also inflamed hostilities among the right-wing, particularly since the publication of The 1619 Project, which repositions the consequences and legacy of slavery as elements vital to the historical narrative.
Critical race theory is a body of legal and academic scholarship that aims to examine how racism and disparate racial outcomes have shaped public policy via often implicit social and institutional dynamics.
Although critical race theory is just one branch of an incredibly varied arena of academic scholarship, it has nonetheless served as a flashpoint among the far-right amid a campaign by Republicans to energize conservative voters, particularly in school board elections.
Many have taken Carlson to task for his role in propagating the culture wars around the topic.
Fox News anchors have previously made public flubs while speaking about critical race theory, often drawing absurd connections between it and other, unrelated boogeymen.
Over the summer, anchor Bill Hemmer claimed he "misspoke" when he—during a conversation about critical race theory—claimed the German philosopher Karl Marx—whose Communist Manifesto provides an analytical approach to the notion of class struggle—wrote Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf which served as a blueprint for Hitler's political ideology and culminated in the genocide of European Jews during World War II.
Hemmer did apologize but his claim was largely viewed as further evidence of the network's penchant for peddling misinformation.