Sen. Ed Markey and other local officials in Massachusetts rebuked Tucker Carlson after he recently singled out the city of Springfield.
During a segment last Thursday night focused primarily on the fallout from a racial profiling allegation at Smith College in nearby Northampton, the Fox News host decided to use Springfield to make a wrought comparison, calling the city a “tragic place” and “famous for burned-out buildings and murders.”
The conservative commentator’s unprovoked slight at Springfield — known more for being the home of basketball and Dr. Seuss than for its socioeconomic challenges – elicited a forceful defense from the city’s elected leaders.
“What happened at Smith College was not ok. But it was also not reflective of the City of Springfield,” state Sen. Adam Gomez, whose district includes part of Springfield, tweeted Friday. “I’d ask @TuckerCarlson to kindly keep my City’s name out of his mouth.”
What happened at Smith College was not ok. But it was also not reflective of the City of Springfield. I’d ask @TuckerCarlson to kindly keep my City’s name out of his mouth. #ProudSpringfieldResident #HampdenCounty #413StandUP
— Senator Adam Gomez (@AdamGomezMA) February 26, 2021
Markey followed suit with a similar message.
“The community in Springfield, Massachusetts is diverse and beautiful, full of vibrant neighborhoods, and home to world class hospitals, colleges, and museums,” the Malden Democrat tweeted.
“[Carlson] can keep Springfield out of his mouth,” he added. “They don’t deserve his vicious, dishonest, and hateful comments.”
The community in Springfield, Massachusetts is diverse and beautiful, full of vibrant neighborhoods, and home to world class hospitals, colleges, and museums. @TuckerCarlson can keep Springfield out of his mouth. They don’t deserve his vicious, dishonest, and hateful comments.
— Ed Markey (@EdMarkey) February 26, 2021
Carlson’s segment isn’t the first time that Springfield, which earned the nickname “City of Firsts” for the litany of inventions that originated there in the early 20th century, has been singled out for its struggles in the wake of the Springfield Armory’s closing and larger economic trends that hit manufacturing hubs across the country. However, local officials have argued that revitalization efforts over the course of the past decade have Springfield “moving in the right direction.”
“I am proud to say that Springfield has been on a historic rebirth prior to the pandemic with nearly $5 billion of economic development and the creation of thousands of new jobs, including improved and new schools, and dozens of neighborhood improvements,” Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said in a statement in response to Carlson’s segment.
“I am proud of our citizens of Springfield and our business community, who have contributed to this rebirth,” Sarno said. “Perhaps the journalist should get his facts straight.”
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