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Tucker Carlson asked radio host Garland Nixon about the legitimacy of the District of Columbia erecting a statue to controversial Mayor Marion Barry Jr. (D), if it is inappropriate to keep controversial memorials up.

Carlson cited the movement that is calling for a purge of likenesses of Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and Christopher Columbus.

He said that Barry, who he personally liked and once invited to dinner at his home, is just as controversial as many of those figures the left wants scrubbed from town squares.

Barry, who died in 2014 at age 78, was a four-term mayor of the nation's capital, and now the city council is erecting a statue in his honor in front of city hall.

Barry was caught smoking crack cocaine on camera in 1990, while he was in office.

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Carlson said that when Barry was reelected in 1994, he declared that "white people [should] get over it."

Barry also angered the Asian community when he said "we got to do something about these Asians coming in. These dirty shops: they've got to go."

Carlson noted that Barry also defied one of what he considered the cardinal positions of the left - he came out against gay marriage as a councilman.

"Why would you ever want a statue of him?" Carlson asked, adding that Barry was adept at "race-baiting."

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