On Tucker Carlson's show Monday, the host defended himself against AM Joy Reid's Saturday attack. During her morning broadcast, Reid called Carlson a "white nationalist." In addition, she bafflingly accused Tucker of immigration hypocrisy, given that -- we kid you not -- his great-great grandfather came to the United States from Switzerland. In 1860.
One of Reid's left-wing guests, Jessica Mendelsohn, claimed Carlson had no right to complain about immigration from "failing countries":
"People in genealogical glass houses shouldn't throw stones. As Americans, we all live in genealogical glass houses."
Huh?? We're all from failing countries? Just because most Americans have ancestors who are ultimately from somewhere else, we're not allowed to have a sensible immigration policy today?
Reid loved Mendelsohn's comment, affirming:
"Absolutely. Tucker has been one of the most aggressive at putting forward what a lot of people have seen as a blatantly white nationalist view of what immigration should be like."
Them's fightin' words. And Tucker was ready:
"I didn't even know [I have a great-great grandfather from Switzerland] until Reid's show aired because I have zero interest in the subject. That was more than 150 years ago. It is irrelevant to the decisions that I make as a father or as a citizen or an employee of Fox News. It tells us precisely nothing about our modern immigration policy. America's economy has changed quite a bit since the Civil War. Yet according to MSNBC, this fact is a conversation ender; a single 19th-century Swiss relative means you are now required to support green cards for everyone who jumps the borders or overstays a visa in 2018. Boom! Case closed! As Reid's guest put it, people in genealogical glass houses shouldn't throw stones. Meaning me. Well, as is so often the case, it's hard to know exactly whether this was meant as a legitimate point of debate or whether it was part of an elaborate parody, Monty Python does DACA."
Carlson also addressed Reid's suggestion that he is a white nationalist:
"So, Joy Reid is accusing us of racism. Let's pause for a moment and savor the irony of that. Reid's entire public career has been built on race-baiting. Try to watch her show for 20 minutes and see for yourself. This is the woman who urged the Democratic Party to give up on white voters who voted for Obama and then Trump, saying their votes weren't worth fighting for. That was last August. In October, she suggested that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly was somehow a bigot because he grew up around Irish Catholics. After House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot and nearly killed by a progressive activist last summer, Reid openly wondered if we should hope for his recovery. Watch."
Carlson then showed a clip of Reid questioning: "are we required in a moral sense" to wish for Scalise to live?
Tucker lamented the idiocy of the Left, accurately noting their overplaying of the race card until it no longer has any currency in political discourse:
"Anyone who gets in their way gets shouted down, in this case, as a racist. That doesn't work anymore. What was once a devastating attack on a person's character is now just background noise. When everything is racist from ice cream trucks to Dr. Seuss, nothing is. The term has been devalued by reckless overuse."
Joy Reid isn't much known for her clearly-thought-out political statements. However, she should know better than to engage with such a power hitter of political discourse as Tucker Carlson.