Tucker Carlson Apologizes for Feeding Voters 'Partisan Junk Food' From GOP

Fox News host Tucker Carlson apologized to his viewers for helping to feed them "partisan junk food" from the Republican Party, and said voters should force the GOP to focus on what matters most of all: The American middle class.

"Middle class families are the core of this country. They are our hope for the future. Our only hope. And yet both parties have shamelessly abandoned them... Republicans pretend to be their champion. You know by now they are not," Carlson said during his show Tuesday night.

"Instead of improving the lives of their voters, the party feeds them a steady diet of mindless, symbolic victories. Partisan junk food designed to make them feel full even as they waste away. Who cares how many Benghazi hearings we have? We're supposed to care. Why should we?

"How did Peter Strzok's text messages become more important than saving American jobs from foreign nationals who are taking them? It is lunacy. We fall for it every time. And to the extent this show has participated in it, we apologize with deepest sincerity."

The conservative host has not shied away from criticism of the Republican Party or President Donald Trump, who he warned last week was on course to lose the 2020 election. His is the most-watched cable news program, attracting 4.331 million viewers, according to Nielsen.

"As we're talking about things that don't matter, life for the dwindling American middle class has become steadily worse. Suddenly, there are junkies living in your park. Your nephew just died of a fentanyl overdose," Carlson said on last night's show.

"And saddest of all—and who hasn't thought this?—you realize that your children will never be as successful as you are. The 'American Dream' died with your generation.

"As all of this happened, Democrats laughed because it served their interests. Republicans basically ignored it and that cannot continue."

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson discusses 'Populism and the Right' during the National Review Institute's Ideas Summit at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel March 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

He urged voters to force the Republican Party and its officeholders to change, describing them as "not, by and large, evil people."

"Despite the way they talk, they're not secretly working for the other side. Most of them are just empty, sad people, and politics is the way they fill the yawning void inside where a personal life should be," Carlson said.

"They're pleasers. They're searching for the approval of strangers. Our job is to give them clear instructions about what we want. We do that by voting and by making noise.

"They will not lead us. We know that now. They've refused to. We have to lead. And when we do, they will follow."

The Republican Party has been asked for comment.