Left-wing activists who would like nothing better than to see Fox News personality Tucker Carlson’s career ended are targeting him with another ad boycott campaign. However, many on Twitter are pushing back.
The latest controversy arose after Carlson’s comments about the Black Lives Matter movement on Monday’s edition of “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” After discussing activists’ calls to “defund the police,” Carlson said that the BLM movement can now be considered a “political party.”
Carlson speaks out
The Washington Examiner quoted him as saying, “This may be a lot of things, this moment we’re living through, but this is definitely not about black lives.”
“And,” the veteran conservative commentator warned ominously, “remember that when they come for you — and at this rate, they will.”
Those statements led to outrage, much of it seen on social media.
Breitbart reported that the leftist organization Sleeping Giants began demanding a boycott of Carlson’s program, with some success.
In response to prodding from Sleeping Giants, T-Mobile announced that it had cut ties with Carlson, tweeting, “We haven’t run ads on Tucker Carlson Tonight since early May and have canceled all future placements. We will continue to support those who stand against racial injustice.”
Disney also made a similar announcement regarding how its advertising dollars would be spent. Still, not everyone is on board with the move.
Pro-Carlson hashtag trends on Twitter
The hashtag #IStandWithTuckerCarlson began to trend on Twitter, with many fans voicing their support for the beleaguered television host.
“One man’s truth is another man’s racism,” tweeted Republican Congressional candidate Dave Giles. “Tucker Carlson speaks the truth and we must never allow the left to silence him.”
Conservative activist Kaitlin Bennett agreed with Giles’ assessment, tweeting, “There is arguably no one in the media as bold, honest, and blunt as Tucker.”
A Fox spokesperson told Business Insider that “Tucker’s warning about ‘when they come for you’ was clearly referring to Democratic leaders and inner city politicians.”