- Protesters thronged Tucker Carlson’s Washington, DC, family home on Wednesday night chanting insults and threats while demanding he move from the city.
- In two videos shared on social media, the group chanted “We know where you sleep at night” and said “You are not safe.”
- The Fox News “Tucker Carlson Tonight” host told the network that he was at work at the time but that his wife and four kids were home.
- One video was posted by Smash Racism DC, a group known for chasing Sen. Ted Cruz out of a Washington restaurant over his support of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
A group of protesters sieged the home of the Fox News host Tucker Carlson and his family on Wednesday night, ringing his doorbell and chanting threatening messages.
A YouTube video of the event that originated on the now-suspended Twitter page Smash Racism DC is poorly lit, but a lead protester calls Carlson a racist and a fascist before breaking into threatening chants.
“Tucker Carlson, we will fight, we know where you sleep at night,” the group chanted.
Here’s the video, quoted extensively by US news outlets:
In a separate video, posted by the Daily Caller reporter Benny Johnson on Twitter, the group seems to threaten Carlson’s family, telling the Fox News host he is “not safe.”
The size of the group is unclear.
Carlson later told Fox News that his wife was home alone at the time, but that he was at Fox News’ studios in Washington preparing his show.
Fox News said activists rang Carlson’s doorbell and broke his oak door.
“Here’s the problem: I have four children,” Fox News quoted Carlson as saying. “I never thought twice about leaving them home alone, but this is the reaction because this group doesn’t like my TV show.”
In a joint statement, Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott and network president Jay Wallace called the incident “reprehensible.”
“The violent threats and intimidation tactics toward him and his family are completely unacceptable. We as a nation have become far too intolerant of different points of view,” they said. “Recent events across our country clearly highlight the need for a more civil, respectful, and inclusive national conversation. Those of us in the media and in politics bear a special obligation to all Americans, to find common ground.”
Smash Racism DC, the group that first posted the video on Twitter, claimed responsibility for chasing Sen. Ted Cruz out of a Washington restaurant in September by chanting “We believe survivors” during Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings.
Business Insider previously reported Carlson’s saying he was regularly heckled in Washington restaurants. “Having someone scream, ‘F— you!’ at a restaurant, it just wrecks your meal,” he said during the National Review podcast “The Jamie Weinstein Show” in October.
Smash Racism DC told Business Insider: “White supremacy should have no home. Fascist pundits who promote violence deserve no peace.”
Suzanne Scott, CEO of Fox News and Jay Wallace, President of Fox News, told Business Insider in a joint statement:
“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.”
“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. Those of us in the media and in politics bear a special obligation to all Americans, to find common ground.”