Tucker Carlson has escalated his feud with Ilhan Omar, a day after he accused the Somali-born congresswoman of having ‘undisguised contempt for the United States’.
Carlson’s comments on Tuesday prompted Omar to describe him as ‘racist fool’, but the Fox News host doubled down on his criticism of the politician during Wednesday night’s opening of his Tucker Carlson Tonight program.
In a fiery piece-to-camera, the 50-year-old star claimed the US had ‘rescued’ Omar from ‘the single worst place on earth’, only for her to act ungratefully.
‘How did Omar respond to the remarkable gift we gave her? She scolded us and called us names. She showered us with contempt. It’s infuriating,’ Carlson charged on the program.
Omar—who was born in Somalia—came to the U.S. as a refugee with her father when she was 10 years old, after spending time in a refugee camp in Kenya.
In his opening on Wednesday night, Carlson addressed Omar’s claim that he was ‘racist’ – something she wrote on Twitter following his initial criticism of her on Tuesday night.
He disputed Omar’s claim, saying that his program consistently promotes ‘colorblind equality’.
‘lhan Omar and her allies in congress immediately demanded that this show be pulled off the air. They didn’t rebut our points, or even acknowledge them. They just tried to silence us. That’s how they operate. And of course they called us racist,’ Carlson charged.
Carlson’s fiery follow-up came after his initial criticism of Minnesota congresswoman Omar.
‘Ilhan Omar is living proof that the way we practice immigration has become dangerous to this country. She has undisguised contempt for the United States and for its people,’ Carlson charged on his Fox News program Tuesday night.
‘She’s a living fire alarm, a warning to the rest of us that we better change our immigration system immediately, or else,’ he warned.
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