Tucker Carlson’s home was attacked on Wednesday night by Antifa. The group tweeted about the attack. They claimed that they were protesting Carlson and his “promotion of white supremacy”. The tweet went on to say that Carlson was a “propagandist” pushing a “fascist” message. They irrationally blamed him for everything they could and did not feel bad for terrifying Carlson’s wife.
Despite this attack, Carlson, who was frankly upset as anyone would be, found that many people came forward to support him despite their political alignment.
CNN’s Brian Stelter called Antifa’s behavior “inexcusable”, Chris Cuomo called the act “criminal” and Megyn Kelly called the attack “stomach turning.” Even Stephen Colbert tweeted in support calling the action of Antifa “monstrous cowardice.”
Brian Kilmeade filled in for Tucker as this was supposed to be his vacation time. Tucker called into the show to share his reactions to this attack on his home.
“What have the last 24 hours been like for you? Kilmeade asked Carlson.
“Well, it’s actually been really nice and affirming. For every masked lunatic in front of my house, there have been a 100 people some of whom I don’t agree with politically calling or sending texts of support and kindness. It’s just a reminder of what a really nice country it is. And if you work in our business then you can lose sight of that because you see the lunatics but ya know most people are not lunatics most people are humane and decent and kind. It’s just been a great reminder of that and really a wonderful experience.”
Carlson discussed the incident and how it was upsetting to find out his wife was hiding in the pantry afraid that she was about to be attacked as Antifa rammed the door.
“She didn’t do anything wrong, why were they screaming at her, I mean the whole thing was completely grotesque.”
I’ve characterized the Antifa people and people like them as protesters, but they are not. They weren’t protesting anything. The irony is this is that this is the one show that regularly invites people like that on to say what they think.”
He then expressed how they permanently ruined his private home life.
“One thing they did, I think the worst thing that they did, was they put my home address on the Internet and they put a poster right in front of my house with my home address on it and they filmed it. They taped it and they put the tape on the Internet. You know, I can’t have my kids stay home alone now. I’m a normal person, I live in a normal neighborhood.”
Despite the attack on his home, Carlson will not be threatened into silence.
“Our conversation publicly has been hijacked by extremists like this and I worry that if we don’t stand up to them and say, I’m sorry, this is not allowed, you can’t threaten people into silence…”
“…I don’t feel threatened physically. But, you know, I have five other people in my house, and maybe they do. That’s the point. If I’m walking down the street and someone comes up and says, I violently disagree with you,” Carlson concluded. “Okay, let me hear about it. But to do this is a form of intimidation. Why are we describing it as a protest? It a protest in the sense that when the mafia tells a store owner, I would hate to have this place destroyed, that’s not a protest, it’s a threat. That’s what this is.”
Antifa crossed a line when they attacked Carlson’s home and family. This is not what the constitution had in mind about the right to protest. This an attack and his family’s lives were threatened. The only good thing that came out of this is a bipartisan show of support and the condemning of this hate group.