During a CNN interview on Saturday afternoon, Jim Acosta questioned why entrepreneur-turned-politician Andrew Yang appeared on Tucker Carlson Today.
“Tucker Carlson… I mean, let’s just say he’s a bad person,” Acosta told Yang. “And he represents so much of what is wrong in television news these days. You know this all too well; he spouts off white nationalist talking points. So why would you even go on his show?” On Carlson’s show Yang discussed his recent break up with the Democratic party to chart a new path.
Carlson responded by praising the Unabomber for his “smart analysis, I think, of the way systems work.” He added, “His argument is that large organizations over time morph into purely self-preservation projects. A big system in the end protects itself and that’s kind of all it does.”
This prompted Acosta’s second question for Yang on Saturday: “Why didn’t you go after [Carlson] when he’s citing the Unabomber and just talking about crazy stuff?” Yang responded: “As you know, Tucker commands a massive audience, and if you wanted to try and build a unifying popular movement that does call attention to the fact that our system’s not working, really, for anyone, you have to, again, reach out.”
“And that’s what I was doing on that show. I mean, the goal is to have Republicans who are discontent to channel their discontent in a positive way. And right now, in my view, it’s not going in a positive direction. I’d like to help change that” Yang said [The Daily Beast].
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