On Thursday night, Fox News host Tucker Carlson expressed appreciation for the dozens of people who reached out to him after what he called an “upsetting” episode in which Antifa protesters harassed his wife at their Washington, D.C. home.
Carlson said that the aftermath of the controversy had actually been “very nice and affirming” and reminded him of how decent Americans were as people.
“For every masked lunatic in front of my house, there have been you know a hundred people — some of whom I don’t agree with politically — calling or sending texts of support and kindness,” he said.
“It’s just a reminder of what a really nice country it is,” he added before commenting on how his wife hid in the pantry during the incident.
As IJR previously noted, Carlson’s wife locked herself in the pantry because she thought someone invaded their home. The protesters reminded Carlson that they knew where he slept at night and seemed to threaten him.
Organizers from Smash Racism DC sent me clips from their protest last night outside Fox News host Tucker Carlson's home. They were demonstrating against his coverage of the migrant caravan & other issues. Twitter banned them by the end of the night, so the videos are hard to find pic.twitter.com/rg3WDnoawd
— Alex Rubinstein (@RealAlexRubi) November 8, 2018
Carlson himself said it was more appropriate to describe their actions as a “threat” rather than protests.
“I’ve characterized the Antifa people and people like them as protesters but they’re not. I mean, they’re not protesting anything. […] They weren’t trying to change my mind or advocate for a position. They were threatening my family to get me to stop talking,” he said.
As Carlson noted, Fox News supported him in the controversy. “The incident that took place at Tucker’s home last night was reprehensible,” a joint statement from Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott and President Jay Wallace read.
“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.”
Carlson lamented the fact that other people didn’t have the same protection that he did as a Fox News host. “You think of all the people — most people in this country — who don’t have that lucky combination of circumstances and they really feel like they have to shut up, that they can’t say what they think because they’ll be punished.”
He went on to call Antifa’s efforts “totalitarian” in that they aimed to have a chilling effect on free thought and expression.