The segment was hardly the first time the comic used Last Week Tonight to skewer Carlson, but Oliver’s condemnation reached a new level.
Explaining first how Carlson got into the business of print journalism before “failing upward” to arrive on TV, Oliver played several video and audio clips of Carlson through the decades to prove his belief that Carlson has become “the most prominent vessel in America for white supremacist talking points.”
From a clip of Carlson on the talk-radio show The Bubba the Love Sponge Show, where he said racist statements like, “Iraq is a crappy place filled with a bunch of, you know, semi-literate primitive monkeys,” to former KKK leader David Duke praising Carlson’s subtle messages of white supremacy, Oliver said he believes Carlson’s rhetoric is being heard loud and clear.
“He is scared of a country that ‘looks nothing like the one he grew up in’ because diversity ‘isn’t our strength,’ immigrants make our country ‘poorer, dirtier and more divided,’ and any attempt to change that culture is an attack on Western civilization. All of which is really just a long way of saying that when Tucker asks, ‘What is white supremacy?’ the answer is: basically that,” Oliver said of Carlson’s own words. “It’s a belief that in a country where white people are dominant, that’s all down to their natural and innate abilities, and any effort to change that is an affront to the natural order of things.”