Don’t ask questions you don’t want to hear the answers to.
During a segment on immigration on his Fox News show, host Tucker Carlson tweeted out a question to his followers: “Why does America benefit from having tons of people from failing countries come here?”
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) June 30, 2017
The question came after the Supreme Court agreed to let parts of President Trump’s ban on immigrant travel go into effect, a decision that Carlson overwhelmingly supports.
Among the sea of responses to Carlson’s question was Alejandro Bedoya, a midfielder for the Philadelphia Union and the son of Colombian immigrants.
Bedoya, 30, fired back at Carlson, pointing out that immigrants “built this country” and aren’t the boogeymen that the Fox News host and others make them out to be.
Because immigrants, like my parents, come/came here and have successful careers and pay taxes. Immigrants built this country! https://t.co/cD8Vym5hbr
— Alejandro Bedoya (@AleBedoya17) June 30, 2017
Bedoya started for the United States Men’s National Team in three games during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and both his father and grandfather played professionally in Colombia prior to his family immigrating to the U.S.
Bedoya, who is likely to play a big role for the U.S. men’s team at the upcoming CONCACAF “Gold” Cup was far from the only critic of Carlson’s comment.
Sam Alipour, ESPN the Magazine senior writer:
You're so stupid your words hurt my brain
— Sam Alipour (@samalipour) June 30, 2017
Jehmu Greene, Fox News analyst:
Tucker probably couldn't last a day without using a product created by people from "failing countries." https://t.co/5GnkgssOfW
— Jehmu (@Jehmu) June 30, 2017
Doug Farrar, Bleacher Report NFL Scout:
First, tell us how any of us benefit from your presence in any way, shape, or form. https://t.co/BefHNx0L31
— Doug Farrar (@BR_DougFarrar) June 30, 2017
Brandon Freidman, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at HUD:
I led two infantry platoons in combat. Here are some names of my soldiers:
— Brandon Friedman (@BFriedmanDC) June 30, 2017
Donie O’Sullivan, CNN Producer:
Give me your tired, your poor https://t.co/zKQ7NOj2wf
— Donie O'Sullivan (@donie) June 30, 2017
Leander Alphabet, Yahoo! Sports soccer writer:
What did America do in its past life to deserve a talking head this stupid? https://t.co/hL20vko5VO
— LeanderAlphabet (@LeanderAlphabet) June 30, 2017