Tucker Carlson Loses Advertisers After Going On Racist Tirade Against Immigrants
Fox News host Tucker Carlson is constantly making controversial remarks about immigration during his show and is now facing a crisis with one of his advertisers after crossing the line and claiming that immigrants make the U.S. a “dirtier” country.
Pacific Life, a major insurance company, announced that they would be dropping Carlson’s program over the statements he had made about immigration.
In a public statement, Pacific Life explained that “as a company, we strongly disagree with Mr. Carlson’s statements. Our customer base and our workforce reflect the diversity of our great nation, something we take great pride in. We will not be advertising on Mr. Carlson’s show in the coming weeks as we reevaluate our relationship with his program.”
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— Pacific Life (@pacificlife) December 14, 2018
The company’s decision to drop Carlson came after the Fox News host decided to attack immigrants on his show last week.
“Our leaders demand that you shut up and accept this. We have a moral obligation to admit the world’s poor, they tell us, even if it makes our own country poorer, and dirtier, and more divided. Immigration is a form of atonement,” Carlson said on his program, according to a transcript by Media Matters. “Previous leaders of our country committed sins — we must pay for those sins by welcoming an endless chain of migrant caravans. That’s the argument they make.”
He later added, “What is more predictable is how leaders of the caravan are starting to talk. Suddenly, they sound like community college professors from Long Beach. Entitled, cut off from reality, and highly aggressive. Yesterday a group of leaders of the caravan marched into the U.S. consulate in Mexico, and demanded $50,000 to return to their own countries.”
As Carlson facetiously put it, “Huddled masses yearning to breathe free? Nope, cynical shakedown artists who have been watching too much CNN. No surprise there. When rich liberals tell you that America owes you a comfortable life, nobody should be shocked when you believe them.”
Carly Shanahan, a spokeswoman for Fox News, released a statement following Pacific Life’s decision to drop Carlson.
She said, “it is a shame that left-wing advocacy groups, under the guise of being supposed ‘media watchdogs’ weaponize social media against companies in an effort to stifle free speech. We continue to stand by and work with our advertisers through these unfortunate and unnecessary distractions.”
Fox News has lost advertisers in the past due to their rhetoric. Laura Ingraham got into trouble earlier this year when she ridiculed Parkland school shooting survivor David Hogg, prompting the student to refer to her as a “bully” and issue a call for advertisers to abandon her show.