The latest one comes from host Tucker Carlson, who accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of having racist intentions with the House's new voting rights bill.
Yes, wanting Black, Indigenous and other people of color to have equal access to the polls is somehow a racist plot.
You can't make this stuff up.
Carlson's comments came during a segment on the House bill, HR1, also know as The For The People Act.
First introduced in 2019, the act endeavors to change voter registration laws to tackle voter suppression, especially in majority-minority districts; create stricter ethics rules for Members of Congress; and require states to form independent commissions for redistricting processes.
It also notably overhauls campaign finance laws to rid the election process of campaign donations from non-profits, which lack accountability because such non-profits are not required to disclose their donors.
It was this process in particular that had Carlson in a lather about racism, because of the way Nancy Pelosi described the donations.
Carlson played a clip of Pelosi describing the measure thusly:
"We're gonna have HR 1 right off the bat be about cleaner government so that we can reduce the role of big, dark special interest money."
Pelosi was referencing the phrase "dark money," the nickname frequently used for these kinds of untraceable political donations.
But to Carlson, the phrase is apparently more than a simple byword—it's a racist dog whistle.
"You have to wonder why Nancy Pelosi is still using the term 'dark' as a euphemism for bad. But whatever. It's Nancy Pelosi, so we can be sure it's not racism. Nancy Pelosi is a good person, unlike you."
The phrase has absolutely nothing to do with race, but rather simple invisibility. But accuracy has rarely been among Carlson's chief concerns.
On Twitter, people immediately began raking Carlson over the coals the disingenuous and ridiculous comment.
i watch fox news often just to see what the main news network on the right is saying and tucker carlson really just… https://t.co/7PigJKv1i0— 𝐲𝐚𝐧 (@𝐲𝐚𝐧)1611631308.0
@HuffPost The pot calling the kettle etc.— Audmjuk (@Audmjuk)1611672730.0
@HuffPost @TuckerCarlson is not a real journalist. A judge in a defamation case: he is not liable because he is not… https://t.co/Bcn3Xw7U62— StAcYs (@StAcYs)1611673254.0
@HuffPost A racist calling someone else a racist!— email@example.com (@firstname.lastname@example.org)1611672796.0
A level of projection so noticeable alien races light years away from us can see it with the naked orbital sensors. https://t.co/venFoy7d46— Rwa2play (@Rwa2play)1611673473.0
https://t.co/DLfyns3ahd https://t.co/GCSst8WoQK— Sonny (@Sonny)1611675753.0
Tucker claims saying “dark money” makes you a racist. So if you say: “It’s dark outside” - you’re a racist. “‘Leav… https://t.co/lwrbidt9Ck— Prufrock (@Prufrock)1611676615.0
@HuffPostPol I wish someone would pull Faux News's broadcasting license so they would stop showing turds like him.— JLD (@JLD)1611670513.0
HuffPost: Tucker Carlson Tries To Make Nancy Pelosi Look Racist. https://t.co/LNScZZleS8 via @GoogleNews 🤣 idiot.— Stacy (@Stacy)1611670808.0
Given the multiple incidences of racist comments Carlson himself has made on his show, it seems perhaps the man doth protest too much.