Fox News host Tucker Carlson tried to distance himself Tuesday from the white supremacist “nice substitute” idea he’s peddled on his prime time show for years, earlier than launching into a protracted rant about Democratic plots to encourage immigration to win elections, a key tenet of the conspiracy concept.

Carlson opened his program Tuesday denouncing the 18-year-old suspect accused of killing 10 people at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York final week. The person, Payton Gendron, is accused of targeting the store, which sits in a predominantly Black neighborhood, after posting a 180-page screed on-line that includes racist, white supremacist tropes. The doc references excessive variations of what’s generally known as “substitute idea,” which baselessly claims highly effective Democrats and others are plotting to switch white People with folks of colour via immigration insurance policies.

Carlson has spent years pushing the idea, and a New York Occasions investigation discovered he has promoted it in more than 400 episodes of his program since he joined Fox Information’ prime time lineup in 2016.

However Carlson mentioned Tuesday he’s nonetheless not sure what the conspiracy idea is.

“You’ve heard so much in regards to the nice substitute idea not too long ago, it’s all over the place … we’re nonetheless unsure precisely what it’s,” the host mentioned Tuesday. He shortly pivoted to accuse Democrats of touting immigration as a method to safe electoral victories. “Right here’s what we do know for a reality: There’s a robust political part to the Democrats’ immigration idea. We all know this as a result of they’ve mentioned so … They are saying, out loud, ‘we’re doing this as a result of it helps us win elections.’”

“The Democratic Get together has determined that moderately than persuade you, people who find themselves born right here, that their insurance policies are serving to you and making the nation higher and stronger, they are going to change the citizens,” Carlson went on, including Democrats had been “importing” folks that may vote for them.

The feedback construct on the host’s declare Monday that Democrats — particularly President Joe Biden — are utilizing the Buffalo bloodbath to strip Americans of their First Amendment right to free speech.

Democrats have directly pointed at Carlson in current days for his function in selling the nice substitute concept. Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) known as on Fox Information management to cease amplifying the racist concept, saying doing so was “reckless.”

“In a craven quest for viewers and scores, organizations like Fox Information have spent years perfecting the craft of stoking cultural grievance and political resentment that eerily mirrors the messages present in substitute idea,” Schumer said on the Senate flooring Monday.