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Tucker Interview With Jose Antonio Vargas Goes Predictably Off the Rails: ‘Spare Me the Nonsense’

Following the breakout of rioting at May Day protests in Portland, Fox News host Tucker Carlson brought on award-winning journalist and undocumented immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas to discuss riots and how he noticed many of those participating were speaking out in favor of illegal immigration.

And just as you’d expect, things got heated and confrontational during the segment.

The tone was set right from the start when Carlson wanted to know why the left wasn’t denouncing all of the violence being perpetrated by left-wing protesters, pointing to Portland as a prime example.

“I really take offense to the very simplistic left and right way that you are framing this,” Vargas responded. “It suits your viewers and Fox News but it doesn’t suit reality.”

When Vargas said he protested yesterday in his own quiet way, the Fox host snarkily thanked him for “not breaking anything.”

After a bit more back-and-forth over immigration, with Vargas saying this is a time of fear and terror for many, Tucker wanted to know if the American citizens who were born here and see their country changing will get their voices heard.

“You just got the Bill O’Reilly slot representing those people,” Vargas shot back, referencing the recent shakeup at Fox News.

There was much more of that, of course. Towards the end of the interview, Vargas tried to bring up some immigration stats. When Carlson tried to respond back with figures from immigration group Numbers USA, Vargas noted they were labeled a hate group by the Souther Poverty Law Center.

“Spare me the nonsense,” Carlson exclaimed.

The two have a bit of history together. In an appearance on Tucker Carlson Tonight in January, Vargas told Carlson that he “didn’t actually operate in facts.”

Watch the exchange above, via Fox News.

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