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Tucker Carlson cites a ‘smart analysis’ from the Unabomber’s manifesto during an interview with Andrew Yang about America’s two-party system

In this April 4, 1996 file photo, Ted Kaczynski, better known as the Unabomber, is flanked by federal agents as he is led to a car from the federal courthouse in Helena, Mont.
In this April 4, 1996 file photo, Ted Kaczynski, better known as the Unabomber, is flanked by federal agents as he is led to a car from the federal courthouse in Helena, Mont.

  • Andrew Yang announced on October 4 that he was leaving the Democratic Party to form a third party.
  • Tucker Carlson said Unabomber Ted Kaczynski wrote a “smart analysis” about the way systems work.
  • Yang’s third party, the Forward Party, currently exists as a political action committee.

On Wednesday’s episode of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Fox News figurehead Tucker Carlson cited Unabomber Ted Kaczynski’s manifesto during a discussion with former Democratic presidential and New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang on the country’s two-party system.

Yang’s appearance on the talk show came three days after he announced his departure from the Democratic Party to create a third party, the prospectively named “Forward Party.” He told Carlson he wants to offset the two-party system, temper political polarization, and find a “middle ground in American politics.”

In response, Carlson said he thought the Unabomber wrote a convincingly “smart analysis” about the way systems work despite being a bad person.

“[The Unabomber’s] argument is that large organizations over time morph into purely self-preservation projects. A big system in the end protects itself. Our two-party system is certainly in that category,” Carlson said.

CNN anchor Jim Acosta questioned Yang on Saturday about his decision to appear on the Fox show, calling Carlson a “bad person” who “spouts off white nationalist talking points.”

“As 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, again, reach out,” Yang responded. “That’s what I was doing on that show.”

In order to be recognized as a third party by the Federal Election Commission, the Forward Party will need to be registered state-by-state. It currently exists in the form of a political action committee.

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