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Tucker Carlson: Calling others 'racist' used to be a 'big deal'

Fox News host Tucker Carlson said Wednesday that accusing others of being racist has become so commonplace that the term has been rendered less derogatory.

"You know, it wasn't that long ago when calling someone 'racist' was a big deal," Carlson said on his show. "It was a devastating attack on a person's character, if not blood libel."

"Now, everywhere you look, people just barely to the right of Al Gore are being denounced as white supremacists, white nationalists, neo-Confederates," he added.

Carlson's monologue came in response to a column by Mediaite editor Justin Baragona, contending that the Fox News host has white nationalist leanings.

Baragona's column hinged on Carlson's monologue during an airing of his show last week, in which the host argued that the Democratic Party had isolated itself from middle-class Americans and were "openly encouraging illegal immigration."

"We didn't mention race at all because it was irrelevant," he said Wednesday night. "Stagnant blue-collar wages hurt black Americans in St. Louis every bit as much as they hurt white Americans in Des Moines. So how exactly does that qualify as white nationalism?"

Carlson also took aim at Baragona personally, calling him a "coward" for declining to appear on Carlson's show or comment for the segment.

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