MSNBCs Chris Hayes Compares Tucker Carlson to Former KKK Leader David Duke

MSNBC host Chris Hayes has likened comments by Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson on immigration with the rhetoric of the former Ku Klux Klan leader, David Duke.

In a segment on Friday, Hayes took aim at Carlson's recent comments about the crisis at the southern border in Del Rio, Texas where thousands of Haitians, had been seeking to enter the U.S.

Carlson had said on September 22 that the administration of President Joe Biden wanted to "change the racial mix of this country" in a monologue in which he referred to "the great replacement, the replacement of legacy Americans with more obedient people from far-away countries."

Carlson's invocation of the "Great Replacement", a white-nationalist conspiracy theory that the elite wanted to replace the white population of majority-white countries with non-white immigrants, prompted calls by The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to fire the Fox anchor.

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Tucker Carlson is pictured in Esztergom, Hungary on August 7, 2021. The Fox News anchor has been criticized by MSNBC's Chris Hayes for his rhetoric on immigration. Janos Kummer/Getty

But Hayes took a different approach in his criticism of Carlson by presenting a montage of six clips in which he compared the Fox anchor's comments with those made by Duke.

One clip from 1989 shows the then leader of the KKK leader saying "I think this country is on its way to being a Third World nation." The segment then segues into a clip from December 2018 in which Carlson lamented how "we have a moral obligation to admit the world's poor they tell us, even if it makes our own country poorer, dirtier and more divided."

Another clip sees Duke talk about the threat he believed immigration posed followed by Carlson's comments from this week about the great replacement. After the final clip, Hayes said, "In a lot of those moments, Tucker Carlson is a lot more overt with his bigotry than the former KKK guy."

"It is not just racist," Hayes said, "It is also stupid."

Hayes went on to say that immigration was not a zero-sum game, and if Haitians were granted asylum it did not mean Americans would "get kicked out the country."

"The David Dukes and the Tucker Carlsons of the world want to portray the people who are trying to come here as, in Tucker's words, 'obedient,'" Hayes said, "as mindless drones who are being imported because they will do whatever Democrats tell them."

The MSNBC host pointed out that migrants had left their homes at great risk and crossed thousands of miles in the hope of a better life.

"Whatever you want to call that, that's the opposite of obedient," Hayes said, as he said that such new Americans could in fact end up becoming Republican voters.

"We can't allow this vicious stupidity to win," said Hayes. Newsweek has contacted Fox News for comment.

The Department of Homeland Security said on Thursday about 1,400 migrants were expelled to Haiti from the Texas encampment and another 3,200 were sent to Border Patrol facilities for processing, as the Biden administration faces criticism over its handling of the crisis.

Meanwhile, ex-Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke criticized Biden's response to the surge of migrants in Del Rio, writing in an op-ed Friday that it "didn't have to happen."