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Fox’s Carlson stunned by reaction to stories on South Africa

NEW YORK — Fox News’ Tucker Carlson says he’s shocked his segments this week on a South African policy on land reform should be considered an appeal to white nationalists — let alone spark an international incident.

Carlson argued against a proposal that would allow the South African government to seize some white-owned farmland, part of an effort to address inequities left over from apartheid. Shortly after Carlson talked about it, President Donald Trump tweeted that he’d asked the secretary of state to look into it. Some criticized the president’s tweet as racially divisive.

Carlson said in an interview Friday that he’s protecting principles that protect all racial groups — not trying to appeal to white nationalists.