- Anti-racism activists protested outside Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s home Wednesday night.
- Carlson wasn’t home. His wife reportedly thought it was a home invasion and called the police.
- Some of Carlson’s biggest targets – including CNN reporters and Stephen Colbert – came to his defence on Twitter.
- But other critics are unmoved, pointing out that Carlson defends policies that separate children from their parents.
Some of the people who Tucker Carlson criticises most are coming to his defence after an anti-racist group protested outside his house Wednesday night.
CNN journalists, including Ana Navarro and Oliver Darcy, as well as “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert and Washington Post columnist Erik Wemple, all denounced the protestors. Carlson has ridiculed all of their work on his Fox News show, and many of them have criticised Carlson themselves in the past.
Smash Racism DC, a Washington DC-based activism group, were behind the Wednesday night protest.
“Tucker Carlson, we will fight, we know where you sleep at night,” the group chanted.
Carlson was at work at the time and his kids weren’t around, but his wife was home. She reportedly thought it was a home invasion and called 911.
Some of Carlson’s biggest targets criticised the protestors
Fighting Tucker Carlson’s ideas is an American right. Targeting his home and terrorizing his family is an act of monstrous cowardice. Obviously don’t do this, but also, take no pleasure in it happening. Feeding monsters just makes more monsters.
— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) November 8, 2018
This trend of harassing media figures and others at their homes is really detestable https://t.co/jl9BUZL3M3
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) November 8, 2018
This behavior is way over the line. Going to someone’s home, breaking their door, and terrorizing their family is unacceptable. It’s also extremely counterproductive if your interest is actually in reducing his influence. https://t.co/6isCJZIwvC
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) November 8, 2018
— ErikWemple (@ErikWemple) November 8, 2018
Tucker Carlson is one of the most horrible people on the planet, but this is not the way to push back against him. https://t.co/JKnrvICZqc
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) November 8, 2018
Don’t like someone on TV? Turn it off, change channel, let their advertisers know, tweet them ur opinion. But come on, don’t show up at their home & scare their kids. -> “They were threatening me and my family’: Tucker Carlson’s home targeted by protesters https://t.co/IiOIUz0G1F
— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) November 8, 2018
ON TUCKER CARLSON: I've spent 20 years fighting the destructive lies and spin of rightwing media but showing up at @TuckerCarlson's home and trying to intimidate his family is NOT what being a Democrat or progressive (or American) is about. Especially when media are under threat.
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) November 8, 2018
This is not okay. By the political left, the political right or the deranged. Don’t do this. https://t.co/ZYamaE6Akw
— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) November 8, 2018
But some critics of Carlson were unmoved
Others argued that Carlson should be a pariah, because of his anti-immigration views, his use of language associated with white nationalists, and his defence of policies that separate children from their parents.
Do I think Tucker Carlson is a good person? No.
But do I think Tucker should be able to go home, spend time with his family, and sleep at night without being hounded by unruly mobs? Also no, fuck that guy.
— Scott Wampler™ (@ScottWamplerBMD) November 8, 2018
Carlson told the Washington Post the protest left him afraid for his family.
“How can you go out for dinner and leave the kids at home at this point?” he said. “If they’re talking about pipe bombs … how do you live like that?”