Tony Perkins of the hate group Family Research Council appeared on Tucker Carlson’s FOX News show this week after the FRC and other hate groups sent a letter to media outlets demanding that they not be referred to as “hate groups” and tried to delegitimize the Southern Poverty Law Center, which categorized them rightfully as such.
Carlson was shocked and than willing to defend Perkins and the FRC, even though they have advocated, as Media Matters notes, for criminalizing homosexuality.
“Well, to call someone a hate group is to lump them in, in the popular mind, in my mind anyway, with like Nazis and crazy people, violent people, truly scary people….You would think that any normal reporter, no matter how liberal, would be looking through the list of hate groups, so-called hate groups, and say, “You know, OK, some of them are clearly hateful and crazy.” And then they get to the Family Research Council, and you say, “I may not agree with their agenda, but they are not a hate group.” Why does nobody at say CNN or The Washington Post ever think this is overreach? It is not a hate group. It is a Christian group.”
Carlson in the past has talked about an incident in his past where he gay bashed a man who made a pass at him in a Washington, DC bathroom:
On the August 28 edition of MSBNC Live, hosted by MSNBC general manager Dan Abrams, Tucker Carlson, host of MSNBC’s Tucker, asserted, “Having sex in a public men’s room is outrageous.
It’s also really common. I’ve been bothered in men’s rooms.” Carlson continued, “I’ve been bothered in Georgetown Park,” in Washington, D.C., “when I was in high school.”
When Abrams asked how Carlson responded to being “bothered,” Carlson asserted, “I went back with someone I knew (25 minutes later) and grabbed the guy by the — you know, and grabbed him, and … hit him against the stall with his head, actually. And then the cops came and arrested him. But let me say that I’m the least anti-gay right-winger you’ll ever meet”