As Tucker Carlson opened his Monday night show program by addressing the misogynistic remarks he made on shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge’s show between 2006 and 2011, left-wing media watchdog Media Matters for America released additional audio of the Fox News star making racist and xenophobic comments.
After Media Matters posted clips Sunday of Carlson calling Britney Spears and Paris Hilton “the biggest white whores in America,” describing women as “extremely primitive” and talking about sex with underage girls, the host Monday called it a “bewildering moment” to be bombarded by the “Twitter mob,” since, he said, “it’s pointless to try to explain how the words were spoken in jest, or taken out of context, or in any case bear no resemblance to what you actually think, or would want for the country.”
Claiming that the left demands “total conformity,” he said that “since the day we went on the air, they’ve been working hard to kill this show” and “make us be quiet.” But “”FOX News is behind us, as they have been since the very first day,” he said.
Without ever apologizing, he concluded that “we've always apologized when we are wrong and will continue to do that. That's what decent people do. They apologize. But we will never bow to the mob. Ever. No matter what.”
Just as he was delivering his show-opening comments, however, Media Matters dropped another audio clip, this one of the Fox News host making vulgar and racist remarks in his appearances with Bubba the Love Sponge.
In one new clip from 2006, he said it wasn’t worth invading Iraq because it’s “a crappy place filled with a bunch of, you know, semiliterate primitive monkeys.” Carlson also noted that Afghanistan is “never going to be a civilized country because the people aren't civilized."
Later that same year, he said “I just have zero sympathy for them or their culture. A culture where people just don't use toilet paper or forks.” He continued: “They can just shut the fuck up and obey, is my view.”
While Carlson’s defenders had noted that the remarks Media Matters had unearthed Sunday were years old and came before he joined Fox News, he’d also defended statutory rape in a 2015 podcast interview with Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes where he said it was “ludicrous” to call the case of a 38-year-old female teacher sexually abusing a 16-year-old boy “rape,” adding that the boy destroyed the woman’s life because he “tattled” on her to the police.
Even before the Love Sponge clips resurfaced, Carlson’s Fox News show had lost roughly 30 companies since he said on it in December that immigrants made America “poorer and dirtier.”