Durban - US President Donald Trump's early morning tweet ordering his secretary of state to look into South Africa's land seizures from "white farmers" and "large-scale farm murders" came after watching the popular Fox News show, Tucker Carlson Tonight which during the segment called the South African government racist.
The show which has a large following in the US often rails against liberals, media elites and Barack Obama.
On the show on Wednesday night, Carlson tells his viewers that they have an "exclusive investigation".
"The president of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa has begun and you may have seen this in the press seizing land from his own citizens without compensation because they are the wrong skin colour," Carlson said.
"That is literally the definition of racism. Racism is what our elite say they dislike most. 'Donald Trump is a racist' they say but they paid no attention to this at all. In fact, Ramaphosa is one of Barack Obama's favourite leaders in the world. In a speech just a few weeks ago, Obama praised him, he praised the racist government of South Africa and Ramaphosa by name for quote 'inspiring hope throughout the country.' Does our current bureaucratic elite agree with that? Apparently, they do".