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In a lengthy 16-minute monologue Thursday evening, Fox News host Tucker Carlson warned that President Donald Trump faces potential defeat in the upcoming 2020 presidential race unless he returns to defending the American people from the “creeping authoritarianism” of the increasingly radical left.
“An awful lot of people voted for Donald Trump precisely to avoid a moment like the one we’re now in,” he began, speaking specifically about the Black Lives Matter-influenced, Maoist-like cultural revolution currently sweeping all of America.
“None of this arrived suddenly. We saw it coming. Social cohesion in America has been eroding for decades. People sensed that, it made them nervous, it should make them nervous. Donald Trump seemed like insurance against the consequences of that.”
Indeed. The president campaigned in 2016 on “Make America Great Again.”
Listen to Carlson’s entire monologue below, via FNC’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight“:
“The core appeal of Trump was if things ever started to fall apart, he would defend you,” Carlson continued. “Yes, he was loud and crude … only a man like Donald Trump was tough enough to fight the creeping authoritarianism of the education cartel and corporate America. If Trump got elected, you could say what you really believe.”
“The basic promise of America could be restored. You could live with dignity under Donald Trump. You wouldn’t be forced to mouth the lyrics to some repulsive little orthodoxy you hate. You could declare out loud that all lives matter because all lives do matter. If you can’t say that, what’s the point of living here?”
Not anymore. Declaring “all lives matter” is now enough to get you fired. In fact, just gently criticizing the extremist Black Lives Movement is enough to get you sacked.
“Trump’s gut level instincts were on the side of order and tradition and stability, and they still are, and yet when widespread looting and disorder arrived, the president did not act as decisively as many had hoped,” the FNC host continued. “He said little, he did less. Some voters felt undefended. Some turned against him.”
Polling data bears this out:
NYT poll: Biden takes a dominant lead over Trump, 50 to 36
Trump bleeding support even from once-loyal groups of whites and men
On the biggest challenges of his term, much of the country sees Trump as a failed president@ByMattStevens @jmartNYT & me 👇https://t.co/dNysAwZUoY
— Alex Burns (@alexburnsNYT) June 24, 2020
Part of the problem, Carlson added, is that the president is fatigued from not only three years of defending himself against the Russian collusion delusion hoax and conspiracy theory, but also from the subsequent coronavirus-linked hoaxes and conspiracies.
Over the past few months, Democrats and their media allies have repeatedly smeared the president with lie after lie after lie about his coronavirus efforts.
First, they claimed he’d failed to provide states with enough ventilators.
Put differently: New York has a ventilator surplus https://t.co/DNVGVUOfUD
— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) April 15, 2020
Then they claimed hydroxychloroquine would kill people.
Medical journal retracts false ‘political hit job’ sham study on hydroxychloroquine https://t.co/Xi0iYcooAF pic.twitter.com/9OGxJPCYxA
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 6, 2020
And then came the George Floyd riots — which, after months of smearing lockdown protesters, the media and so-called “experts” enthusiastically defended — and the sudden push to defund the police and destroy capitalism, Christianity, etc.
“These same trends accelerated dramatically. It all happened so fast that it seemed like chaos at the time, but it wasn’t chaos. There was design just beneath the surface. Consider the targets that the mob chose: Law enforcement, obviously, but not all law enforcement. Local police departments must be eliminated, they said,” Carlson noted.
“But the FBI is just fine. And that was telling. Then they claimed that capitalism was the enemy, but only certain kinds of capitalism. The mob burned independent businesses to the ground by the score. They didn’t say a word about those businesses’ digital competitors, Google and Apple and Amazon. All of those companies were funding the destruction.”
Indeed they are and still are.
If you combine all these events, it becomes easy to understand the president’s exhaustion. But excusing it is another matter altogether.
“People expect a president to respond to a moment like this — to fix it — and they have a right to expect that the president runs the country,” Carlson argued.
But the opposite is happening, and according to polls, the result is that the extremist Black Lives Matter movement now boasts a higher favorability than him.
“The terrorists are more popular than the president of the United States. And not just more popular than Donald Trump personally, but more popular than the system he represents and administers. And it’s obvious why: our system is weak. It refuses to defend itself.”
American voters’ support for the Black Lives Matter movement has increased in the last 2 weeks almost as much as it had in 2 years, according to new data from an online survey research firm https://t.co/9QwA4pGWXD pic.twitter.com/4dALg7LvHF
— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 11, 2020
For Trump to win reelection, something has to change.
“This is precisely the time right now, tonight, to defend the institutions that we desperately need to keep in this country,” Carlson concluded. “Those institutions include the nuclear family, our freedom of speech, small independent businesses, absolute colorblindness under the law, the noble tradition of nonviolent protest.”
“Those are the things that make us proud to be Americans. Those are the things that make America a place worth living in. We need to defend these things with everything we have. All of us must defend them, including the president. That is his hope of re-election. For the rest of us, it’s our only hope as a country.”
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