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Rep. Ilhan Omar Urges Boycott of Fox News Host Tucker Carlson over Racist Attack

HeadlineJul 11, 2019

Freshman Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar of Minnesota is calling on advertisers to boycott Tucker Carlson, after the Fox News host targeted her in a racist attack on his program Tuesday night. During a three-minute monologue, Carlson blasted Omar—one of the first two Muslim women ever elected to the U.S. Congress—as a “living fire alarm” and “dangerous.”

Tucker Carlson: “After everything America has done for Omar, and for her family, she hates this country more than ever. … Ilhan Omar is living proof that the way we practice immigration has become dangerous to this country. … She’s a living fire alarm, a warning to the rest of us that we better change our immigration system immediately, or else.”

Congressmember Ilhan Omar tweeted in response, “Fox News is now giving a nightly platform to white supremacist rhetoric. It’s dangerous. Advertisers should not be underwriting hate speech.” Tucker Carlson has a history of racist, xenophobic and misogynistic comments; he recently said immigration makes America “poorer, and dirtier, and more divided,” and in 2006 called Iraqis “semiliterate primitive monkeys.”

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