Extremist rhetoric from rightwing media and officials is ‘intensifying’, experts say | US politics | The Guardian

“What you’ve seen is jockeying to get as much of that audience share but also influence share – everyone is kind of scrambling right now to grab as much as they can. That’s why they hit as many themes as they possibly can; you’re not just going to get more racial inflammatory rhetoric – there’s more conspiratorial stuff.” Away from Fox News, Pearson Sharp, a host on the hard-right One America News Network (OANN), has been attempting to carve out his own niche of extremism. In late June, Sharp raised the unhinged and untrue theory that “tens of thousands” of people meddled in the election to prevent Trump winning, and went even further than Carlson in his comments. “In the past, America had a very good solution for dealing with such traitors: execution,” Sharp said. Robert Herring, the CEO of OANN, said: “He was only telling what [sic] could happen if you try to overthrow America … He gave the laws that would apply.” As rightwing television hosts find themselves in competition to meet their audiences’ demands for pro-Trump conspiracy theories – claims those same hosts have frequently helped elevate – Carusone said the “inevitable consequence” is “that there’s going to be more

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