If you say "This is Tucker embracing white supremacy" and I say "This is Tucker just saying what a big chunk of the USA earnestly believes", we're not disagreeing.

I think Tucker is expressing a very mainstream opinion here and also that opinion is terrible.
If you call Tucker Carlson a white supremacist, I think to most people that implies an extreme fringe position, that it's crazy Fox would have such an extremist on the air. But I don't think the idea he expresses here is "Fringe" in the "only the craziest few believe it" sense.
What I think you're seeing is them preparing the way for, "Of COURSE we're in favor of universal health care and child care! But to get those things, we must make sure they only go to good, patriotic, TRUE Americans! Otherwise, there won't be enough to go around!"
America doesn't really have that political faction right now but other countries definitely do, and a lot of hard core immigration etc crackdowns were made under the guise of, "It's the only way to keep our social safety net functional." A lot of voters will buy it.

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If you enjoy reading too much into the themes/symbolism of shows and movies, keep this in mind: most writers are trying to have 1) some kind of real-world allegory (it creates an instant emotional connection) and 2) surprising twists/revelations. And THESE GOALS OFTEN CONFLICT!
If a creator uses Nazi symbolism (uniforms, flags, etc) to give you a visceral reaction to the bad guys, then has a twist where it turns out they're not so bad, it doesn't mean they believe real Nazis weren't so bad. It's just a conflict between allegory and the need for twists.
It's fine to criticize it of course, but I think their mistake is in not considering how the allegory comes across, versus the creators being secret fascists. Same for any movie where, let's say, a terror attack with 9/11 imagery turns out to be a false flag.
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Rush effectively created Fox News, created the audience for it with relentless messaging about how no non-conservative media could be trusted. Without Rush there's no Fox News, there's no Hannity, no Trump, no Alex Jones... none of this.
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