Democrat Goes on Fox News and Rips Tucker Carlson: “Why the Hell Does He Still Have a Job Here?”

Michael Blake also questioned the network’s echoing of Trump’s conspiracy theories.

Tucker Carlson has floated a strange theory that former President Barack Obama has declined to endorse Joe Biden because Michelle Obama is likely to enter the race. When asked about the prediction, which is almost certainly wrong, on Fox News Tuesday morning, Michael Blake, vice chair of the Democratic National Committee, refused to lend credence to the idea.

Instead, Blake used the appearance to swiftly condemn the fact that Carlson maintains employment at the network despite long being accused of racism, defending white supremacy, and promoting conspiracy theories. “Well, she’s not running, but the core question is: Why the hell does Tucker Carlson still have a job here in the first place?” Blake said. “The reality is that this is someone who says white supremacy is a hoax, and why does Fox allow him to still be here in the first place?”

Anchor Bill Hemmer attempted, unartfully, to steer the segment back into the former first lady. “Not going to happen,” Blake responded, again dismissing the speculation on Obama. “But I think the core question is, [Carlson] shouldn’t be on here at all.”

“I got it,” Hemmer responded. “We didn’t bring you on to talk about Tucker Carlson—I brought you on to talk about the Democratic field.”

But the tension didn’t end there. Later in the exchange, Blake called out Fox News’ primetime role in “ignoring the truth” and parroting President Donald Trump’s debunked conspiracy theories.

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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