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BLAME GAME: Libs Blame Carlson for Shooting in Buffalo —They Didn't Blame Maddow for Scalise Shooting

posted by Hannity Staff - 5.16.22

The Left was quick to blame Saturday’s horrific mass shooting in Buffalo, New York on conservative lawmakers and pundits; many name checking Fox News host Tucker Carlson —despite any evidence that the shooter watched Carlson’s show. Fellow Fox News host Sean Hannity called the argument “intellectually lazy and intellectually dishonest” on his radio show, The Sean Hannity Show.

“What you’re looking at here, is the face of evil. That’s what this is. This isn’t about politics, it is about evil,” Hannity said, going on to point out that members of the GOP didn’t blame Rachel Maddow or the Democrats for the shooting that injured House Minority Whip Steve Scalise in 2017 —even though the shooter was a Sanders supporter and a Maddow watcher.

The New York Times, in particular, tried to tie Carlson to the shooting.

From The Daily Wire…

The Times cited the gunman’s alleged support for so-called “replacement theory,” an anti-semitic conspiracy theory that claims Jews are importing minorities to change the country’s racial makeup. Some have conflated that theory with claims that Democrats favor amnesty for illegal immigrants in order to change the voting demographics of the country, which Carlson has asserted.

“No public figure has promoted replacement theory more loudly or relentlessly than the Fox host Tucker Carlson, who has made elite-led demographic change a central theme of his show since joining Fox’s prime-time lineup in 2016,” the Times wrote.

“Someone like Carlson can introduce viewers to ideas that they then explore more fully online, searches that lead them into far-right spaces that either reinforce their existing views or radicalize them,” a Columbia University historian told the Times for the article.

Democrats also went after Tucker, some saying he had “blood on his hands.”

“More blood on the hands of @tuckercarlson and @foxnews this killer used their racist talking points to justify killing 10 people. Carlson won’t stop because as he explained to the NY Times, it’s good for ratings. Lives be damned. As Carlson will be at judgement day,” former Clinton White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart tweeted.

“The racist massacre in Buffalo rest at the feet of Donald Trump, Tucker Carlson, and the GOP,” director Rob Reiner tweeted. “There are not fine people on both sides.”

Squad member Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) shared an NPR story blaming Republican leadership, saying:

“The words used by people in positions of power matter. White Supremacy and hatred are on the rise in this country. We must stand up and call out racism wherever we see it — whether it’s in our communities or the halls of Congress.”

Finally, a dose of Bull Schiff:

“Tucker Carlson is many things — but he’s not stupid,” Schiff tweeted. “When he pushes racist conspiracies like ‘the great replacement,’ he knows the risks. He knows some view his vile hate as a call to arms. The problem is Tucker just doesn’t give a damn about anyone but himself.”

Tucker Carlson did have some defenders on Twitter, as well:

“I can’t believe this even needs to be said, but Tucker Carlson is no more responsible for the Buffalo shooting than Bernie Sanders was for the Congressional baseball field shooting,” tweeted podcaster Chicks on the Right. “If you’re a person who is blaming anyone other than the shooter you’re a complete idiot.”

[h/t The Daily Wire]

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