CNN anchor Jim Acosta rips into Andrew Yang for going on ‘bad person’ Tucker Carlson’s show
CNN anchor Jim Acosta slammed Democratic politician Andrew Yang on Saturday afternoon for going on Tucker Carlson’s show because the Fox News host is ‘just a bad person’ and questioned Yang as to why he would even do it.
In his Tucker Carlson Today segment with the lightning-rod host, which aired on Wednesday night, Carlson praised the writings of Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber, in what CNN called a ‘bizarre comment’.
Yang later sat down with Acosta, who seemed baffled at the former presidential candidate’s decision to go on Carlson’s show.
‘I mean Andrew I just have to ask. Tucker Carlson… Let’s just say he’s just a bad person 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 and why didn’t you go after him when he’s citing the Unabomber and talking just crazy stuff?’ Acosta asked.
CNN anchor Jim Acosta (left) slammed Andrew Yang (right) for going on Tucker Carlson’s show because he’s ‘just a bad person’ and questioned the former Democratic presidential candidate as to why he would even do it
Yang appeared on Tucker Carlson Today on Wednesday night and the Republican Fox News host (pictured) praised the writings of Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber, in what CNN called a ‘bizarre comment’
‘There are so many variables to starting a viable third party. It hasn’t been done. Why can you do it?’ Carlson asked Yang, who said he was on the segment to promote the debut of a proposed third political party called the Forward party, along with his new book Forward: Notes On The Future Of Our Democracy
In response Yang said: ‘We have to…try to take the temperature of the country down.
‘The only way to do that is to reach out to people where they are. You know Tucker commands a massive audience and if you wanted to try to build a unifying popular movement that does call attention to the fact that our system’s not working, really for anyone, you have to reach out. And that’s what I was doing on that show.’
A skeptical Acosta then pressed Yang further and asked if he thinks he can bring some of Tucker’s viewers – which is majority Republican – into the Forward party. ‘Is that what you were trying to do there?’
‘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.
Yang told Acosta that his goal is to get Republicans to ‘channel their discontent in a positive way’. He also noted that to form the Forward party, ‘it’s going to involve reaching out to Americans of every political alignment’
He then offered up a story from his campaigns over the last couple of years involving a volunteer who had a ‘Republican father (who) had never taken an interest’.
‘I was on Tucker’s program and all of a sudden he calls her and is like “hey tell me more,” and I think that’s the only way we’re going to get through this time,’ Yang explained to the CNN anchor.
Before signing off he added: ‘We sense that we’re teetering towards some version of a new civil war and political violence and unfortunately incentives are going to make that more likely, not less likely, over time unless we have a dramatic shift in dynamic and that’s what I’m trying to provide with the Forward party.
‘It’s going to involve reaching out to Americans of every political alignment.’
Carlson said on Wednesday night’s segment: ‘Ted Kaczynsk, I have to say, has written very convincingly on this… Bad person but a smart analysis, I think, of the way systems work.’
‘And his argument is that large organizations over time morph into purely self-preservation projects. Like a big system in the end protects itself in the end and that’s kind of all it does,’ he added.
‘So our two-party system is certainly in that category. There are so many variables to starting a viable third party. It hasn’t been done. Why can you do it?’
The Republican host was referencing Yang’s proposal of a third political party called the Forward Party, which debuted on October 5 – the same day his new book Forward: Notes On The Future Of Our Democracy was released