"American cities collapsed, buildings burned, law enforcement vanished, criminal mobs rampaged unchallenged, stealing things and hurting people," The "Tucker Carlson Tonight" host began. "Drug-addicted vagrants took over the streets, parks and public transportation. Anyone who could leave urban America did.
"In New York alone, many hundreds of thousands of people, possibly a million people fled the city. Essentially the entire tax base of America's largest metro area disappeared in just a few months, but here's the remarkable thing -- our political class said barely a word as it happened," he went on.
Carlson called the mainstream media's failure to properly depict the extent of the ongoing violence in -- and subsequent exodus from -- America's urban areas "bizarre"
"Imagine you're watching Game 3 of the World Series and a spaceship lands on the pitcher's mound at Yankee Stadium, so you flip to CNN for live coverage of it," he said. "But CNN has decided not to cover it. They don't think it's a story. That’s what it's like.
"You start to imagine you must be going crazy. And then you see the numbers and you realize that no, you are not crazy. It is all entirely real."
According to Carlson, Americans are outraged over what is happening to their communities and are fleeing places where they lived all their lives while too many leaders sit silently.
"People are running away. Moving companies say they can't keep up with demand," he said. "There's no mystery about why this is happening."