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Report: Mob swarmed Washington home of Fox’s Tucker Carlson while his wife was home alone
Peter Bond / CCL
An anti-fascist mob gathered outside Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s home on Wednesday night and threatened his family, chanting: “We know where you sleep at night.”
Carlson said his wife, who was home alone at the time, thought it was a home invasion. She locked herself in the pantry and called 911.
The Fox host and father of four said he received texts from neighbors about the incident while he was at his office working on his opening monologue.
“I called my wife,” Carlson told The Washington Post. “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.”
Leftist mob threatens Tucker Carlson’s family
Left-wing group Smash Racism D.C. shared a now-deleted video of rioters standing outside Carlson’s Washington home on Twitter. That is the same group that chased Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) out of a restaurant last month during the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh.
“Tucker Carlson, we are outside your home,” the rioters shouted. They accused Carlson of promoting “hate” that was responsible for “thousands of people dying.”
Carlson said that the protesters rang the doorbell, bashed in his oak door, and carried signs that listed his home address. He said a woman could be heard in one of the videos saying she wanted to bring a pipe-bomb to his house. The group also called Carlson a “racist scumbag” and demanded that he “leave town.”
“We want you to know, we know where you sleep at night,” a person with a megaphone shouted. The rioters then chanted: “Tucker Carlson, we will fight! We know where you sleep at night!”
The local anti-fascist group said they wanted revenge over Carlson’s hard-line rhetoric on immigration and the caravan, accusing Carlson of “spreading fear into our homes” and warning that he was “not safe.” They published his home address as well as that of his brother and of Neil Patel, who co-founded the Daily Caller with Carlson. Twitter removed the tweets and video after facing pushback and suspended Smash Racism D.C.’s account.
Carlson fearful; police investigate hate crime
Police said they arrived to find about 20 people assembled outside of Carlson’s home. The group eventually disbanded and no arrests were made, but the Daily Caller reported that D.C. police are investigating the incident as an “anti-political” hate crime after the protesters spray-painted an anarchy symbol in his driveway and vandalized his front door and car with signs that referred to Carlson’s political beliefs. Carlson said that he had already taken precautions to keep his home address private to protect his family and that he doesn’t want to move, but he is afraid for his family’ safety.
“It wasn’t a protest. It was a threat,” Carlson told the Post. “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.”
Carlson has said previously that he “can’t really go to restaurants anymore” because he is always getting heckled.
“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?”
He added, “I probably won’t open another package sent to our house from now on.” A Florida man was arrested after threatening Trump critics with pipe bombs last month, including one bomb that ended up in the mailbox of billionaire George Soros.
Journalists condemn protest
Journalists across the political spectrum, including critics of Carlson, condemned the threats. Former Fox host Megyn Kelly tweeted on Thursday:
This has to stop. Who are we? What are we becoming? @TuckerCarlson is tough & can handle a lot, but he does not deserve this. His family does not deserve this. It’s stomach-turning. https://t.co/5vOmriGKkV
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) November 8, 2018
But some were less sympathetic. In a widely criticized series of tweets, leftist writer Matthew Yglesias of Vox said he had no empathy for the Carlson family.
I honestly cannot empathize with Tucker Carlson’s wife at all — I agree that protesting at her house was tactically unwise and shouldn’t be done — but I am utterly unable to identify with her plight on any level. https://t.co/1YRAY8DuWC
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) November 8, 2018
D.C. police said they will keep a close eye on the neighborhood.
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