December 7, 2021

Tucker Carlson Mocks Pete Buttigieg Over Racism, Proves He’s Utterly Blind to Historical past

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Fox Information host Tucker Carlson joined in on the right-wing mockery of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Monday night time, gleefully calling Buttigieg one of many “dumbest folks on this planet” for saying “racism” was mirrored within the design selections of New York roads.

Within the course of, Carlson proved his personal obvious ignorance of the historic instance Buttigieg was citing.

Throughout a Monday press convention touting the lately handed $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure invoice, the transportation secretary stated the bundle would allow his department to address racial inequities in America’s freeway design and transportation system. The Grio reporter April Ryan then requested Buttigieg to “give us the assemble of how you’ll deconstruct the racism that was constructed into the roadways,” doubtless conscious that he had talked about the difficulty earlier than.

“I’m nonetheless shocked that some folks have been shocked once I pointed to the truth that if a freeway was constructed for the aim of dividing a white and a Black neighborhood, or if an underpass was constructed such {that a} bus carrying principally Black and Puerto Rican youngsters to a seashore—or it could have been—in New York, was designed too low for it to go by, that that clearly displays racism that went into these design decisions,” Buttigieg responded. “I don’t suppose we now have something to lose by confronting that straightforward actuality.”

Whereas Republican politicians and conservative pundits wasted no time making enjoyable of Buttigieg over his feedback, he was really referencing Robert Caro’s seminal biography The Power Broker, about former state and municipal officer Robert Moses and his efforts to reshape New York Metropolis.

Caro writes that Moses notably needed to forestall poor Black households from getting access to Lengthy Island’s Jones Seashore State Park. Moreover vetoing an enlargement of the Lengthy Island Rail Highway for that cause, he sought to restrict entry to buses. Particularly, Moses constructed bridges throughout the brand new parkways that have been too low for buses to go. Moreover, to enter the parks, buses wanted permits, which have been typically denied to these carrying Black residents.

Though The Washington Post published a helpful explainer on Monday detailing the historical past that Buttigieg referenced, Carlson couldn’t assist himself and once again launched into another attack against the secretary Monday night time.

“You might have puzzled what would occur of the dumbest folks on this planet gathered collectively in the identical room and tried to have a dialog,” he sneered. “For one factor, hilarity would ensue. It occurred at this time.”

After declaring it “really insane” for Ryan to ask her query, Carlson stated it’s “apparent” that “roads can’t be racist” however that the transportation secretary “didn’t comprehend it.” He then went on to air a clip of Buttigieg’s remarks about New York’s previous.

“Right here we now have information, in accordance with the Division of Transportation secretary, overpasses in New York have been designed to maintain buses of Black and Puerto Rican youngsters from attending to the seashore,” Carlson stated. “And right here’s the wonderful half, these exact same overpasses by some means allowed buses stuffed with white youngsters to get via. How does that work?!”

The Fox Information host then sarcastically puzzled if maybe the overpasses have been “really drawbridges manned by vigilant bigots with binoculars” who would decrease the bridge each time a “Puerto Rican bus” would strategy. He additionally mockingly instructed that Black and Puerto Rican youngsters “are being herded into unusually tall buses.”

“Can’t get to the seashore in a bus like that, and we don’t know precisely what’s occurring, however we agree with Pete Buttigieg 100% that it’s morally incorrect. It’s not who we’re! So thank heaven he’s bought a trillion {dollars} to unravel the racist street downside,” the Fox Information star concluded, punctuating his quip along with his trademark high-pitched giggle.

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