Fox News host Tucker Carlson is facing a lot of criticism for his comments regarding the shooter at the protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He seemed to support the shooter in this scenario, leading to much outrage online.
Tucker Carlson Defended Shooter Who Killed Two Protestors
“Are we really surprised this looting and arson accelerated to murder? How shocked are we that 17-year-olds with rifles decided they had to maintain order when no one else would? Everyone can see what was happening in Kenosha. It was getting crazier by the hour,” said Carlson.
Carlson’s comments refer to a 17-year-old who reportedly shot and killed two protestors in Kenosha. These protestors were agitating against the police following their shooting of Jacob Blake. The shooter drove 20 miles to Kenosha to guard local businesses against rioting and looting. As of right now, the police have charged him with murder.
Celebrities Call On Fox News To Fire Tucker Carlson
These comments sparked quite a response from many people. The bluntest of these responses were from comedian Billy Eichner. He posted a tweet simply calling for Fox News to fire him. A number of other celebrities, such as Ike Barinholtz and Julie Klausner, joined him in that demand.
Journalists, Politicians Also Criticise Carlson’s Stance
Many there journalists and political commentators also denounced Carlson’s comments. “Vigilante violence was always one of my greatest worries about the present moment. And here we have a prominent TV host – a man who had the president’s ear – excusing it, rationalizing it,” said Politico’s Blake Hounshell.
The New York Times Magazine reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones was more succinct in her thoughts. She simply tweeted that Carlson had justified murder. Some political figures have also chimed in with their thoughts on the matter.
Robert Reich, who was the U.S. labour secretary under President Bill Clinton was one of them. “If they don’t take action after this, every one of Fox News’s executives, directors, and advertisers is complicit in Tucker Carlson’s racist, murderous rants,” he tweeted.