Fox News host Tucker Carlson blasted corporate anti-bias training Thursday, claiming the education programs are divisive and had only worked to “deepen racial wounds” in America.
Carlson made the remarks on the Thursday edition of his show Tucker Carlson Tonight. The segment was focused on the Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in Banking Act of 2019, proposed legislation designed to improve diversity in banking.
“[Diversity training is] something that has never been shown to do anything, other than deepen racial wounds and divide this country. Ever,” Carlson said.
Carlson insisted Democrats had ulterior motives for introducing the legislation, although he did not provide any further details.
“Why are Democrats doing this, to make the country better? No,” said Carlson. “It’s a shakedown, like everything else they do.”
Carlson did not limit his disdain to the Democrats alone. He also slammed Republicans for “playing along” with the scheme, saying that the proposal didn’t make any sense, while blaming it on “the age of wokeness.”
“Now we’re not talking about diversity of assets, that might make sense. No,” said Carlson. “This is the age of wokeness, nobody cares about math anymore. Instead, regulators would monitor banks to see that they’re providing enough anti-bias training and would keep track of their hiring practices based on race.”
The pundit later insisted that the proposal was not only “stupid,” but also a threat to the entire country.
“It’s a given that all this is stupid, and wasteful and divisive. It certainly is,” said Carlson. “But it’s also dangerous to the country.”
Carlson warned that the proposal could lead to disaster, likening it to the subprime mortgage crisis that started during the administration of former President George W. Bush.
“We already know what happens when the government pressures financial institutions to make financial decisions based on political considerations,” said Carlson. “We’ve already seen it, recently.”
Carlson explained that pressure from the government for increased home ownership had resulted in the mortgage crisis, which led into the Great Recession. However, he did not indicate what type of disaster he thought could be caused by the proposed diversity legislation.
Carlson has a long history of making statements that have led some critics to accuse him of holding racist views.
He claimed that white nationalism was a “hoax” after a white nationalist shot and killed 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas in August 2019.
“Just like the Russia hoax, it’s a conspiracy theory used to divide the country and keep a hold on power,” said Carlson at the time, comparing it to the investigation that concluded Russia had meddled in the 2016 presidential election.