Tucker Carlson said Monday that three major issues will decide the midterm elections: immigration, the economy and nationalism. 

He said for months, the mainstream media has focused on "sideshows" - like Russian collusion and sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh - but those issues have now faded away.

"Remember that dastardly Vladimir Putin and the collusion plot that hacked our democracy? What ever happened to that? And while we are at it, what about Brett Kavanaugh? What about his high school yearbook and his purported teenage drinking problem and those gang rapes that he supposedly committed? What about those?" Carlson asked, noting they were the "biggest stories in the world not so long ago."

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Instead, he said he believes voters are casting their ballots on the fundamental issue of American citizenship. 

"Whatever Donald Trump doesn’t know, he definitely knows this. He’s been talking about immigration for three years now. And all that time official Washington has been trying to make him stop," said Carlson. 

He then said the economy - but not the stock market - is on the minds of voters, explaining that market booms have not necessarily benefited average Americans. 

Our current economic system makes it more difficult than ever for families to form. Washington should be absolutely panicked about this. It is the most basic sign of failure, their failure, but nobody in either party seems to care. Their answer is to import new families from other countries. So maybe it’s not so surprising that young people say they like socialism? Because what we have now is not working for them, and unless we fix that we may get actual socialism which will be a disaster.

Carlson said in the face of these challenges, some Americans are moving toward a nationalist viewpoint. At a recent rally, President Trump even called himself a "nationalist."

"They have a word, it sort of became old-fashioned. It’s called a nationalist. And I said really, we are not supposed to use that word. You know what I am? I’m a nationalist," he said. 

Carlson said the term has been falsely linked to racism by the left and the media, but "has nothing to do with race or ethnicity." He said nationalism is the belief that leaders should prioritize their own countries' interests over those of other countries. 

"People want leaders who are, above all, on their side. They always have wanted that and they always will want that," he concluded. 

Watch the full monologue above.

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