- Tucker Carlson aired a lengthy segment on “white rage” Thursday night.
- The Fox News host went after US Gen. Mark Milley, calling him “a pig” and “obsequious.”
- Carlson equated modern day critical race theory to pre-Civil War era eugenics.
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Fox News host Tucker Carlson again lashed out at US military leadership on Thursday night, falsely equating Gen. Mark Milley’s viral Congressional testimony to pre-Civil War era eugenics.
Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a Trump appointee, pushed back against GOP critiques of diversity training and other efforts within the armed forces to educate service members about the history of racism in the US. He also said he wants to understand the psychological concept of “white rage,” developed by Emory University historian Carol Anderson as an explanation for backlash to Black people gaining social power and influence.
Carlson – who was the subject of a Sunday New York Times story on how he serves as an anonymous source for over a dozen journalists despite bashing the media on a near-nightly basis – went after the general’s character and encouraged him to read white supremacist authors.
“Hard to believe that man wears a uniform,” Carlson said. “He’s that unimpressive.”
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The Fox News host went on to call Milley “a pig” and said he only got his high ranking post – which followed multiple deployments overseas to Iraq, Afghanistan, Boznia-Herzegovina, Haiti, and Egypt – because he’s “obsequious” and can read anything from a script.
“He’s not just a pig, he’s stupid,” Carlson said. “So Mark Milley reads Mao to understand Maoism, he reads communists to understand communism, but he doesn’t read white supremacists to understand white supremacy.”
In reality, Milley is regarded as one of his generation’s brightest military leaders, a Princeton graduate who has led prestigious Army commands like the 10th Mountain Division during his four decades in uniform; former President Donald Trump has praised him as “living proof that the American warfighter is the toughest, smartest and bravest.” Milley navigated the contentious Trump-era by rarely making his views on hot-button issues known, but behind the scenes confronted some of Trump’s most influential aides.
Carlson compared the concept of white rage to “drapetomania,” a pre-Civil War era eugenics theory on why enslaved people were trying to escape.
“So he reads about white rage as if it’s totally real – it’s a medical condition!” Carlson said. “And by the way, since it’s a medical condition, at what age can you catch white rage, by the way? Most of us assumed that our two-year-olds were just teething, now we know it’s their whiteness that’s making them so angry.
“Thanks, Mark Milley,” he continued. “We appreciate your contribution to our generation’s scientific racism. By the way, have you read anything recently about winning wars? Apparently not.”