Friday, November 9, 2018

Fox News condemns ‘reprehensible’ protesters who threatened Tucker Carlson

Protesters associated with a far-left Antifa group showed up at the Washington D.C. home of Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Wednesday night, cracking his front door and shouting threats against him and his family.

Fox News responded with a strongly-worded statement, denouncing the protest as “reprehensible” and “unacceptable.” 

“Threats and intimidation tactics”

“The incident that took place at Tucker’s home last night was reprehensible. The violent threats and intimidation tactics toward him and his family are completely unacceptable,” declared Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott and President Jay Wallace.

“We as a nation have become far too intolerant of different points of view. Recent events across our country clearly highlight the need for a more civil, respectful, and inclusive national conversation,” the statement continued.

“Those of us in the media and in politics bear a special obligation to all Americans, to find common ground,” the top executives said.

Wife home alone

Carlson’s wife was at home alone when the mob arrived around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night. Carlson was at the Fox News studio taping portions of that evening’s program.

The “Smash Racism DC” antifa group posted videos — which have since been deleted — of the threatening protest just outside Carlson’s home on social media. Their Twitter account has since been suspended.

Among several threatening chants that were yelled by the protesters was this gem: “Tucker Carlson, we will fight! We know where you sleep at night!” The protesters also chanted, “Racist scumbag, leave town,” and at least one protester was overheard mentioning a pipe bomb.

Speaking with The Washington Post, Carlson revealed that he had been alerted to the situation by a flurry of text messages.

“I called my wife. She had been in the kitchen alone getting ready to go to dinner and she heard pounding on the front door and screaming. … Someone started throwing himself against the front door and actually cracked the front door.”

Carlson’s wife hid herself inside the pantry, fearing an invasion, and called 911. D.C. police reportedly arrived on the scene within just a few moments.

Personal threats

“It wasn’t a protest. It was a threat,” said Carlson. “They weren’t protesting anything specific that I had said. They weren’t asking me to change anything. They weren’t protesting a policy or advocating for legislation.”

“They were threatening me and my family and telling me to leave my own neighborhood in the city that I grew up in,” he added.

The D.C. police are reportedly investigating the incident and will pay “special attention” to Carlson’s neighborhood for the foreseeable future in case the protesters decide to return.

“We’re going to keep an eye on the block and the area because of the earlier disturbance to make sure that nothing escalates,” said Lt. Jon Pongratz of the D.C. Police. “We wanted to make sure that it stayed safe … in case they do come back.”

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