Daily Distraction: Watch John Oliver dismantle Tucker Carlson

In the long, detailed segment, Oliver submits that Carlson has become 'the most prominent vessel in America for white supremacist talking points'

Andy Downing
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Tucker Carlson in a Fox News Channel studio on March 2, 2017, in New York.

John Oliver dedicated the majority of his "Last Week Tonight" program on Sunday to breaking down popular Fox News pundit Tucker Carlson, recently seen gawking his way through a speech by President Joe Biden via a picture-in-picture reaction cam, which was every bit as ridiculous as it sounds.

In the long, detailed segment, Oliver submits that Tucker has become “the most prominent vessel in America for white supremacist talking points," retracing numerous instances throughout the years in which the Fox host has pushed these beliefs, including a 2008 talk-radio appearance where he described Iraq as "a crappy place filled with a bunch of, you know, semi-literate primitive monkeys."

“When you put all of this together, the pattern is clear,” explained Oliver, who repeatedly deployed Carlson's own words. “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. 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.”

Oliver also managed to describe Carlson as a "performatively outraged wedge salad," which is as hilarious as it is accurate.

Watch the whole segment below.