IIhan Omar "celebrates" sacking of Fox News host Tucker Carlson
WASHINGTON - US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has welcomed the dismissal of controversial Fox News former presenter Tucker Carlson who she accuses of fear-mongering and Islamophobia throughout his tenure in the News House which has close ties with the Grand Old Party [GOP] and former President Donald Trump.
Minnesota's 5th District Representative insisted the former presenter showed open bias to Muslims and immigrants, further questioning his humanity as a man who was supposed to stick to "informing and educating" masses over other races and religions across the world.
“Tucker was the king of hate and loved fearmongering and picking on immigrants and Muslims in many cases,” Omar told MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan in an interview Tuesday.
Throughout his TV show, Tucker Carlson always criticized IIhan Omar over her roots in Somalia, a country marred with inter-clan conflicts and terrorism, which has made it impossible to have a smooth government for the last three decades despite efforts by the international community to promote peace.
He said in July 2019 that Omar is “living proof” that U.S. immigration laws are “dangerous,” arguing that she was able to succeed in the country but constantly slams it, reports the Times Hill.
“No country can import large numbers of people who hate it and expect to survive. The Romans were the last to try that with predictable results. So be grateful for Ilhan Omar, annoying as she is. She’s a living fire alarm, a warning to the rest of us,” Tucker Carlson said.
Omar responded by saying that she believes Tucker Carlson is a “racist fool” who is “weeping about the fact that we have an African-born member of Congress.” She also criticized companies that advertise on Fox News, arguing that they should not be “underwriting hate speech.”
“I can’t tell you just how both relieved and terrified I am of where he might end up and the kind of platform that he might end up having,” Omar said Tuesday. “It is really hard to make people understand just how dangerous this man was and how many lives he risked with his hateful rhetoric on a daily basis.”
The controversial TV host was ousted in a surprise move by Fox News last week, days after the network settled a defamation lawsuit of $787.5m from Dominion Voting Systems. A report from The New York Times Tuesday night said that Fox’s leaders were distressed by a text that Carlson sent about the violence he saw during the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection.
“It was three against one, at least. Jumping a guy like that is dishonorable obviously. It’s not how white men fight,” Carlson reportedly said in the text. “Yet suddenly I found myself rooting for the mob against the man, hoping they’d hit him harder, kill him. I really wanted them to hurt the kid. I could taste it.”