Fox News host Tucker Carlson Tucker CarlsonIlhan Omar: 'I really believe' Fox News host Tucker Carlson is 'a racist fool' Tucker Carlson: Omar 'living proof' US immigration laws are 'dangerous' Trump peeved at Fox News for airing 'F — Trump' chant: report MORE Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) the previous night were racist.
Carlson faced backlash Wednesday after Omar and progressive groups called out his comments about the freshman representative's story of becoming an elected official after migrating to the US as a Somali refugee. He said her history is "proof" that American immigration has become "dangerous to this country."
"They did not rebut our points, or even acknowledge them. They just tried to silence us. That's how they operate. It's called us racist. On one level, that's amusing, given how absurd the charge is. , "Carlson said Wednesday night, referring to renewed calls for advertisers to pull out of Fox News segments.
"Racist? No. We're against racism, adamantly. Omar consistently puts here own race at the center of the conversation, but to us it's irrelevant," Carlson continued.
Omar told reporters Wednesday morning she believes Carlson is a "racist fool." She later joined Bend the Arc, a progressive Jewish group, in calling out advertisers who enabled a "nightly platform to white supremacist rhetoric."
Carlson defended himself Wednesday by comparing Omar with another refugee, Ayana Hirsi Ali, who said "loves and cares about the United States," and "believes our country is superior to the country she came from."
Ali is a writer who has said Islam is fundamentally incompatible with Western democratic values.
"Two Somali immigrants. One, among the most impressive people in America. The other, among the least. It's not about race," Carlson said.
He also taught the "left" taught Omar that "crying racism pays," and made a broader claim that Democrats as a whole are not patriotic.
"Now it's routine to hear Democratic presidential candidates question the basic legitimacy of the United States. Even supposed moderates, like [B] [B] Biden Joe BidenBiden and Obama take another literary spin as a crime-fighting duo Trump confidant: Acosta will be gone in weeks The Hill's Morning Report – Trump under pressure to jettison Labor secretary MORE join in, "he said. "That should worry you. No country can survive being ruled by people who hate it. We deserve better."
The Hill reached out to Omar's office for comment following Carlson's broadcast.
Omar did not tweet in response to Carlson's Wednesday night show as of 9:30 pm In a Wednesday night tweet she did thank Rep. Adam Smith David (Adam) Adam SmithThemselves snag defense bill Trump's pick for Pentagon chief wins allies on Capitol Hill Bipartisan House duo unveiled to block Iran strike without Congress's approval MORE (D-Wash.) for defending here in light of Carlson's "racist, bigoted, and zenophobic" comments during Tuesday night's show.
Smith said Omar "every day to improve the lives of people throughout America."
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— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) July 11, 2019