Fox News’ Tucker Carlson is standing by his South Africa commentary after President Donald Trump amplified the host’s words in post-segment tweet Wednesday night.
“South African Government is now seizing land from white farmers,” Trump tweeted out, citing Carlson and Fox News, prompting outrage that he was echoing white nationalist talking points.
I have asked Secretary of State @SecPompeo to closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures and expropriations and the large scale killing of farmers. “South African Government is now seizing land from white farmers.” @TuckerCarlson @FoxNews
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 23, 2018
Yet returning to the theme on Thursday, Carlson defended his words from Wednesday’s show and mocked the media response.
“More than a quarter-century after the end of apartheid, South Africa once again becoming a place where an entire group of people is targeted for discrimination and violence on the basis of their skin color. We opposed that obviously, it was wrong 25 years ago and it is wrong now. It is wrong wherever and whenever it happens,” Carlson began.
He then said the Fox News team called the State Department to get their view of what was happening in South Africa.
“They told us they didn’t care. Confiscating party without compensation is fine, they said, because in . effect South Africa was ‘a strong democracy.’ Whatever that means,” he continued on, adding, “Pretty shocking.”
Turning to the media and the backlash after Trump’s tweet, Carlson next panned the “media luminaries” who “suggested it was somehow racist to oppose the racist policies of the South African government.”
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