Tucker Carlson finding a way to blame anyone who doesn't share his slavish devotion to President Donald Trump and his White nationalist ideals is no surprise.
So when Carlson and his guest, YouTube pundit Dave Rubin, blamed California's latest wildfires on diversity in the fire service and other emergency agencies, it wasn't a shock.
But it was still an amusing far reach to avoid examining climate change and private utility mismanagement.
In a transcript of the exchange provided by media watchdog, Media Matters for America, Carlson stated to Rubin:
"You moved to California because it's a beautiful place and I agree with that. You've seen it really degrade in the time that you've been there, but PG&E strikes me as almost a metaphor for the destruction of the state."
"So, here's the utility which doesn't really know anything about its own infrastructure but knows everything about the race of its employees. How did we get there?"
"It's just unbelievable. I've been in LA right now. I live about a minute away from one of the big fires that's still going."
"I have friends that are evacuated. Los Angeles, putting politics aside, and Southern California might be the most beautiful part of the United States."
@gaypartisan @travisakers As long as a target exists, they can blame it for all their problems.— Chris-o-Lantern Glass (@Chris-o-Lantern Glass)1572463870.0
Carlson agreed, then Rubin added:
"The problem right now is that everything, everything, from academia to public utilities, to politics, everything that goes woke, that buys into this ridiculous progressive ideology that cares about what contractors are LGBT or how many black firemen we have or white this or Asian that, everything that goes that road eventually breaks down."
Carlson concurs again.
Tucker Carlson and guest Dave Rubin blame diversity in hiring and “woke” Californians for wildfire crisis https://t.co/tG2cw9q6tu— Media Matters (@Media Matters)1572401328.0
"It is not how freedom is supposed to operate."
"What is supposed to happen—Tucker, imagine if your house was on fire, would you care what the public utility or what the fire company, what contractor they brought in, what gender or sexuality or any of those things he or she was?"
"I mean, it's just absolutely ridiculous."
Carlson—who always appears confused on camera—chimed in.
"Who would care? Who would care about something like that?"
But Rubin wasn't finished.
"And right now we've got a situation—of course you wouldn't care, and we have got a situation right now where there are literally—we are doing preemptive blackouts in this state, which I think is the 11th largest economy in the entire world, we do preemptive blackouts because they don't want to put too much power—too much pressure on the grid."
"I mean, try to imagine the absurdity of what's going on here, and I hate to tell you but we just don't have enough clear thinking, say, more libertarian or conservative-minded people in California to fight what the progressives are doing to the state."
@travisakers Wait, we want employers to not discriminate against employees? That's why there are raging wildfires? Am I getting this? 😮— Sarah Yeoman 🌊🌊🌊 (@Sarah Yeoman 🌊🌊🌊)1572444438.0
"If you can't keep the lights on and you can't keep the place from burning down, you've reached the point where there is no kind of lying about it anymore."
"Like it's falling apart. It's a disaster. It's not civilized anymore."
Watch the exchange here:
Dave Rubin and Tucker Carlson said that the California wildfires are happening because progressives believe there a… https://t.co/D45RwTPTTU— Travis Akers (@Travis Akers)1572430641.0
@zorro_roro @travisakers Definitely the end of times. 🤣— Tyler Riley (@Tyler Riley)1572479449.0
@travisakers https://t.co/lMtM9HMuNP— Grinchette (@Grinchette)1572434564.0
Working for Fox News, it's easy to understand why Carlson struggles with the idea of diversity in hiring.
@existentialfish @MattGertz #FoxNewsDiversity https://t.co/3V3SnRr2Kw— chrissy (@chrissy)1566499969.0
But the duo got a few other things wrong too.
@travisakers https://t.co/J64Q20iuoB— jamiestreck (@jamiestreck)1572437614.0
Like PG&E being a public utility operated by the government.
Just so we're clear, California's blackouts are not because the state is run by "socialists." It's because PG&E, a… https://t.co/HyIDm2IEg8— Patrick S. Tomlinson (@Patrick S. Tomlinson)1572301819.0
I'm saying this as a small-business owner and free market capitalist. But if you can't identify the real problems… https://t.co/NorvG20f85— Patrick S. Tomlinson (@Patrick S. Tomlinson)1572302103.0
Oh, btw, PG&E has all but admitted it was their own faulty equipment which caused the Northern California fires tha… https://t.co/mntaqVo7pu— Patrick S. Tomlinson (@Patrick S. Tomlinson)1572315334.0
Others commented on Carlson's audience.
It's one thing to be lied to when you know it's a lie, but what about those who don't know?
@travisakers Imagine a few million people..sitting in front of their TVs and actually buying into this. Faux news… https://t.co/S5G1WLLbll— Averagejoe (@Averagejoe)1572433626.0
@travisakers Where the hell do they find these people?— Mary Barnett (@Mary Barnett)1572433910.0
@travisakers Nobody tell him how wind works— Alyson (@Alyson)1572436874.0
@psychomomof2 @travisakers Do they not understand how this works?— Mrs. John Milton (@Mrs. John Milton)1572430845.0
@jsweeneys @psychomomof2 @travisakers No, I think they do, which is why they say this garbage to reinforce Fox view… https://t.co/ob6ZkkUkn5— Inattentive at Home (@Inattentive at Home)1572430974.0
California is facing high winds, dry conditions and poorly maintained power lines. Combined, those factors are a recipe for wildfires.
To mitigate the risk, PG&E began blackouts, cutting the power supply in vulnerable areas leaving many paying customers in the dark.
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