Tucker Carlson Says Democrats Plan to 'Change Population of the Country' to 'Maintain Power'

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson is pictured in Los Angeles, California on April 16, 2019. Hollywood To You/Star Max/GC Images/Getty

Tucker Carlson doubled down on his claim that the Democratic Party hopes to "replace" conservative-leaning U.S. voters with immigrants who will vote for Democrats instead of Republicans on Monday.

Carlson made the remarks during the latest edition of his Fox News opinion show Tucker Carlson Tonight. He was responding to backlash over making the same argument on Fox News last Thursday, sparking many critics to note that his argument was strikingly similar to a white nationalist conspiracy theory known as "the Great Replacement Theory."

"Demographic change is the key to the Democratic party's political ambitions," Carlson said. "In order to win and maintain power, Democrats plan to change the population of the country ... That is probably true, and because it's true it drives them absolutely crazy when you say it out loud. A hurt dog barks."

"The left becomes unhinged if you point out that American voters are being replaced by Democratic Party loyalists from other countries," Carlson added. "They say it's some horrifying, right-wing conspiracy theory, the right is obsessed with it. No, the left is obsessed with it. In fact, it's the central idea of the modern Democratic party. Demographic replacement is their obsession because it's their path to power."

Newsweek reached out to the Democratic National Committee for comment.

Although Carlson conceded that only legal immigrants had the ability to vote, he described the votes of those who are able to cast ballots as the product of Democratic "cheating." He alleged that Democrats were encouraging "foreigners to move to this country in order to change election results."

Carlson went on to say that the "native population" was being "disenfranchised," referring to white and Black voters. He did not mention Native Americans, who tend to favor Democratic candidates by significant margins and are believed to have been a key factor in President Joe Biden's 2020 election win.

"This is what it looks like when an entire native population, Black and white, but every one of them an American, is systematically disenfranchised," Carlson said. "Middle-class Americans become less powerful every year. They have less economic power. And thanks to mass immigration, they now have less political power."

In a letter to Fox News following the controversial comments last week, Anti-Defamation League Director Jonathan Greenblatt said that Carlson "disgustingly gave an impassioned defense of the white supremacist 'great replacement theory,' the hateful notion that the white race is in danger of being replaced by a rising tide of non-whites."

Carlson explicitly referenced the theory on Thursday, while claiming that a "voting rights question" was wrongly being made into "a racial issue."

"I know that the left and all the little gatekeepers on Twitter become literally hysterical if you use the term 'replacement,'" Carlson said. "If you suggest that the Democratic Party is trying to replace the current electorate, the voters now casting ballots, with new people, more obedient voters from the third world. But they become hysterical because that's what's happening, actually. Let's just say it—that's true."

"Everyone wants to make a racial issue out of it, 'ooh the white replacement theory,'" he added. "No, no, no, this is a voting rights question. I have less political power because they are importing a brand new electorate. Why should I sit back and take that?"