Many of the two dozen candidates seeking the 2020 nomination this weekend denounced social media comments questioning Sen. Kamala Harris’s identity as an African-American.
But Harris was not the only African-American Democratic candidate whose black identity was questioned last week.
Replaying a segment in which some candidates used Spanish on the first night of the Democratic debate in Miami, Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Thursday referred to New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who is black, as one of the “whitest” Democrats running for president.
Carlson made the remark about Booker after showing a clip of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio calling for higher taxes on the wealthy during the debate, which Carlson interpreted as Democrats saying, “We’re coming for your stuff.”
“That was the major theme of last night,” Carlson said Thursday. “And, in case anyone missed it, the two whitest candidates on stage decided to repeat the point in stilted Spanish.”
Carlson then cut a clip of former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke answering a question about tax policy in Spanish. He then showed Booker saying in Spanish, “This president has attacked, has demonized immigrants. It’s unacceptable.”
“Got that, gringo?” said a chuckling Carlson. “You can add the English language to the long and growing list of things the Democratic Party considers racist. How long before you’re banned from speaking it? Think we’re joking? Right. Better to learn español if you want to talk to your grandkids. It’s a brand new world.”
Booker’s campaign declined to comment on Carlson’s remarks when contacted by USA TODAY.
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SOURCE: William Cummings