Somehow this catch phrase of hucksters going back over a century (at least according to old black & white movies) has morphed over time into something like:
“They want us to believe [rational claim supported by abundant credible evidence], but we are too smart for that. And we will show them that [reasonable approach to dealing with clear problem] will not be tolerated by real Americans like us.”
Some variation on this has served as a mantra for each of Fox News’s faux journalists for decades. Carlson is only one popular purveyor of this snake oil on Fox News and other beneficiary-subsidized propaganda outlets in this country.
Today he was let go.
This seems to me as comparable to a Band-Aid applied to a compound fracture.