Tucker Carlson Says He Still Doesn't Know What Critical Race Theory Is

Tucker Carlson likened critical race theory to "Nazi stuff" after admitting on his Fox News show that he has "never figured out" what the academic theory actually is, despite talking about it for months.

Carlson once again brought up critical race theory on Wednesday night following Glenn Youngkin's gubernatorial victory in Virginia.

The Fox News host suggested that one of the main reasons why Youngkin won in Virginia is because he listened to parents' concerns about critical race theory being taught in schools, as opposed to his democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe, who dismissed the debate as a "racist dog whistle."

McAuliffe was also heavily criticized for suggesting that parents should not "be telling schools what they should teach" while discussing the academic theory during a debate in September.

During an interview with Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume, Carlson stated that Youngkin won because he "went right to the things that people talk about on social media" such as critical race theory before saying he has never fully worked out what the academic theory is.

"There's ample evidence that critical race theory very much influences and is injected into what is being taught in those schools and these parents knew that," Hume said.

"Now, you could say technically it is not being taught in the sense of volumes have been written on critical race theory and it's not been handed out as a textbook, but its influence and its tenants are in those schools," Hume added.

In response, Carlson said: "I've never figured out what a critical race theory is to be totally honest, after a year of talking about it." The remarks drew a short burst of laughter from Hume.

"They're teaching that some races are morally superior to others that some are inherently sinful and some are inherently saintly, and that's immoral to teach that because it's wrong," Carlson added.

Hume also dismissed suggestions from McAuliffe and other Democrats that Youngkin and the GOP used race to weaponize voters in the election as "baloney."

"Critical race theory itself injects race into the lives of our schoolchildren. It should never have any influence, let alone being taught," he added.

Later on during his show, Carlson said Youngkin's focus on education issues played massive part in deciding the results in Virginia while criticizing news networks who described it as a right-wing "bogeyman."

"This is not a semantic debate about what critical race theory means," Carlson said.

"Schools are teaching students, your children, that some races are inherently superior to other races. That's the definition of racism, that some children are born with the stain of sin, inherently? That's Nazi stuff, it is. It is totally un-American."

Fox News has been contacted for comment.

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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, D.C. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images