A self-described left-wing Antifa group posted videos of a mob outside the Washington, D.C., home of Fox News Tucker Carlson Wednesday evening, chanting, Tucker Carlson, we will fight. We know where you sleep at night.
Top Fox News executives on Thursday condemned the “reprehensible” threats made by a chanting mob outside the home of network host Tucker Carlson overnight.
Here again we see “alt-right” being used as the ultimate weasel word. From what I have seen, absolutely no one in the online crowds that the users of that subreddit travel in would use “alt-right” to mean anything but ethno-identitarians of some sort. This is the rather specific way its used in those crowds–not whatever broad sense it may have been used, nor the broad “whomever we feel like insulting” sense the prog media uses it. So to suggest that adopting cultural conservatism or cultural nationalism like being for closed borders, or wanting to defend European culture, or being protectionist–well you might say any or all of those things are wrong, or are not libertarian, or even morally repugnant, whatever. But to say that libertarians got “infected” with them mostly through alt-right influence is factually ludicrous. And to say that adopting them makes you identical to the alt-right is insane.
“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,” CEO Suzanne Scott and President Jay Wallace said in a joint statement.
Unfortunately, you can’t read Matty Yglesias’s full argument any longer — because he’s taken down all his tweets. Only a few survive, because other people have tweeted on top of them. Yglesias argued that he really can’t sympathize with Susan Andrews, or with Tucker Carlson, because he believes that they aren’t the true victims. He wrote, “if your instinct is to empathize with the fear of the Carlson family rather than with the fear of his victims then you should take a moment to reflect on why that is.”
Video of the incident outside the “Tucker Carlson Tonight” host's home was posted on social media by Smash Racism, D.C. The same group made headlines in September after activists confronted Sen.Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and his wife inside a restaurant during Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Twitter has since suspended the group’s account, but the video can still be viewed on the accounts of journalists who condemned the situation.
No Empathy: Voxs Matt Yglesias Defends Terrorizing Tucker Carlsons Family
Carlson was not home at the time. He said his wife, Susie, was home alone and heard the commotion from the kitchen. She called the police and locked herself into a pantry, he said. The couple has four children. His brother — who lives close by — arrived about the same time as law enforcement.
“The incident that took place at Tuckers home last night was reprehensible. The violent threats and intimidation tactics toward him and his family are completely unacceptable,” they said. “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.
The host said activists rang his doorbell, broke his oak door and one protester was apparently caught on security video mentioning a pipe bomb.
Matty Yglesias Has Deleted His Entire Twitter Feed
Carlson said he was at the Fox News bureau in Washington working on his opening monologue when neighbors texted him about the commotion outside his home. His wife of 22 years did not contact him because she didn’t want to distract him before he went on air, he said.
Carlson said he is used to being confronted in public and has no interest in playing the role of victim, but he said his wife and his four children should not have to be exposed to the aggression while at home.
Shortly after his initial tweets, Yglesias agreed with a responder who suggested he not “publicly speak when you're upset,” and said he would “stop tweeting for a bit.” He returned a few hours later to discuss other subjects, but the Daily Caller reports that at some point Thursday night he deleted his entire 3,738-tweet Twitter history. Numerous Twitter users have preserved screenshots of his original offending tweets.
“Here’s the problem, I have four children,” he said by phone. “I never thought twice about leaving them home alone, but this is the reaction because this group doesn’t like my TV show.”