Just one day after being fired by Sportsnet, Don Cherry made an unexpected appearance on a Fox News show hosted by Tucker Carlson. The two discussed Cherry’s recent departure from Hockey Night in Canada and the xenophobic comments that lead to his termination.

During the interview, Cherry placed the blame for the controversy on the ‘sensitivity’ of viewers. Carlson, in turn, suggested that those criticizing Cherry’s comments were in fact “fascists” who “have no real feelings” and are “faking their outrage.” To which Cherry says “Yep,” seemingly agreeing with Carlson.

Tucker Carlson is one of the most notorious personalities in US right-wing media circles. The Fox News host regularly espouses xenophobic narratives that vilify immigrants and refugees. 

Last year, Carlson got in some hot water for stating that immigration makes the United States “dirtier.” He has also advanced conspiracy theories that the U.S. is being invaded by refugees.  More recently, Carlson attacked Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, a refugee, calling her “ungrateful” and suggesting that she was “living proof” of the dangers of immigration.  

Tucker Carlson’s show is also popular among white nationalists. One recent analysis found that Carlson has espoused white nationalist tropes over 140 times on his show. Following the El Paso mass shooting, where a white nationalist killed 65 people, Carlson went on live air and told his viewers that white supremacy was a “hoax” and “actually not a real problem in America.” Neo-Nazis and Klan members regularly praise Tucker Carlson and his show.

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