White supremacists online absolutely adore Fox News host Tucker Carlson, data reported by Buzzfeed shows. The research reveals that Carlson was mentioned on prominent white supremacist website the Daily Stormer far more than any other cable pundit over the last two years. According to the data, which was collected by an independent researcher who wished to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation, he was featured in a total of 265 articles on the site between 2016 and 2018..
By way of comparison, Sean Hannity, considered President Trump’s most rock-ribbed supporter on Fox News, was featured in 27 articles in the same time period; Laura Ingraham, another Fox News host, in four; and Lou Dobbs, whose Fox Business show frequently focuses on the alleged dangers posed by immigrants, two. The researcher used subject tags, created by Daily Stormer to categorize topics on its site, to arrive at the above numbers. BuzzFeed News was able to independently verify the researcher’s work by using the same method.
Andrew Anglin, the Daily Stormer’s founder, is known to be a big personal fan of Carlson’s work. He has called Carlson’s Fox News program “basically ‘Daily Stormer: The Show,’” and described him as “literally our greatest ally.”
According to Buzzfeed, Daily Stormer’s website often repackages Carlson news clips with pseudo-ironic, violent headlines:
An April 2018 segment in which Carlson debated a Cuban American news analyst over so-called cry closets for students at the University of Utah to de-stress during finals became, on the Daily Stormer, “Tucker RAPES AND IMPREGNATES Crazy Eyed Whore in a COLLEGE CAMPUS CRY CLOSET.” A February 2018 debate over gun control became “Tucker FILLS Liberal Kike with LEAD for Demanding Gun Control.”
However, the site’s appreciation for Carlson seems to be sincere. “We meme a lot about how Tucker Carlson is a violent hero of neo-Nazi White supremacists, but he is likely actually /ourguy/,” one story read.
After Carlson brought tiny idiot pundit Ben Shapiro on his show, the Daily Stormer wrote approvingly about Carlson’s development as a fellow traveler.
“Tucker has clearly become the fully awakened White man,” the anonymous author writes. “Only the welfare of his folk concerns him… He’s articulate, coherent and clearly stands on a solid bedrock of folkish fundamentalism.”
Carlson himself has brushed off associations with the far right and white supremacists. In an interview with Playboy last year, he addressed the issue briefly.
“I don’t want to get into it, because it sounds disingenuous, but I’m 49 years old and I don’t think I’ve ever met a white supremacist,” he told Playboy. Carlson added that he didn’t believe “white nationalism is a relevant position to the current debate. I don’t think I’m an extremist. I’m pretty moderate by temperament.”