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Tucker Carlson says white supremacy is a ‘hoax.’ Will this finally be the end of his show?

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson has come under fire for saying that the idea that white supremacy exists is a “hoax.”

Speaking just days after a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, that appears to have been motivated by racism against Hispanic people,  Carlson said that the idea of white supremacy “is a hoax.” The shooter left a rambling explanation of his actions that used a lot of the same language that the far-right and Donald Trump use to denounce immigration.

“Just like the Russia hoax. It’s a conspiracy theory used to divide the country and keep a hold on power.”

He credited Trump for denouncing white supremacy – something that Trump, who watches Carlson’s show, probably appreciated – but then said that “the whole thing is a lie.”

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“If you were to assemble a list, a hierarchy of concerns, problems this country has, where would white supremacy be on the list?” Carlson, who is white, asked. “Right up there with Russia probably. It’s actually not a real problem in America.”

Carlson then interviewed conservative columnist Victor Davis Hanson, who said that he has met “not one person” who is a white supremacist, even though he was literally talking with Tucker Carlson.

“I don’t—I mean, [Democrats] are making this up, and it’s a talking point which they are using to help them in this election cycle, obviously, because Russia died.”

CNN’s Don Lemon called Carlson’s statements “the dumbest thing you’ve ever heard.”

And the segment caused uproar online.

And some people are looking at his sponsors.

Last year there was an advertiser boycott of Tucker Carlson’s show after he said that immigrants make America “dirtier.”

“We have a moral obligation to admit the world’s poor, they tell us, even if it makes our own country poorer, and dirtier, and more divided,” he said. “Immigration is a form of atonement. Previous leaders of our country committed sins; we must pay for those sins by welcoming an endless chain of migrant caravans.”

Nautilis Inc., Pacific Life Insurance, and several other companies pulled their ads from his show, but it kept on going.

While his show has faced near constant criticism for its racism, his comments may have crossed an unspoken line this time.

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