Fox News host Tucker Carlson is under fire for racist remarks he made about Michelle Obama.
In recently unearthed audio clips obtained by liberal media watchdog group Media Matters, the Tucker Carlson Tonight star complained about the former first lady’s “edge” and agreed that she would be a problem for Barack Obama on the 2008 campaign trail because she “turns into a sister.”
The April 2008 conversation took place with shock-jock Bubba the Love Sponge (real name Todd Alan Clem), who kicked the conversation off by arguing that Michelle was a “liability” for the then-presidential hopeful.
“I think she can be a problem. She can be a liability,” the radio host said during an episode of his Bubba the Love Sponge program, to which Carlson replied, “She’s got an edge to her that’s bad.”
The political pundit added: “I’m not attacking her personally. I’m just saying, as a public figure, you just get the feeling she’s got a major chip on her shoulder.”
Bubba the Love Sponge then referred to the former first lady as “chicken-headed,” while arguing that she “turns into a sister.” Carlson agreed by repeating, “turns into a sister.”
The radio host also argued that Michelle needed to be “whitened up a bit,” a sentiment Carlson didn’t respond to on-air.
Carlson’s racist comments against the author and lawyer come after Media Matters unearthed hours of audio from the Bubba the Love Sponge radio program.
The conservative host called into the show multiple times between 2006 to 2011 to share his thoughts on everything from immigration to polygamist cult leader Warren Jeffs, to name a few topics.
Carlson argued that if he “made the laws,” Jeffs — who is currently in prison for two counts of felony child sexual assault — would be “out on the street.”
As for immigration, the Fox News star said immigrants should be “hot or smart” if they come to America.
Carlson has refused to apologize for his comments, stating on his show Monday night: “As anyone who’s ever been caught in its gears can tell you, the great American outrage machine is a remarkable thing. There’s really not that much you can do to respond.”
He continued: “It’s pointless to try to explain how the words were spoken in jest, or taken out of context or in any case bear no resemblance to what you actually think or would want for the country. None of that matters. Nobody cares.”
“How many times have you seen it happen? Some conservative figure will say something stupid, or incomplete or too far outside the bounds of received wisdom for the moral guardians of cable news. Twitter goes bonkers. The mob demands a response. This is a system built on deceit and enforced silence. Hypocrisy is its hallmark.”
At the end of his comments, Carlson said Fox News has his back.