Fox News personality Tucker Carlson is facing an advertiser boycott in the wake of recent comments he made about the Black Lives Matter movement.
However, Carlson’s fans are speaking up for the conservative host online, and some are even threatening boycotts of their own, as the Daily Caller reported.
“Very little to do with black lives”
The controversy began last week when Carlson addressed the looting and violence that has been associated with protests over the death of George Floyd and slammed the leftist activists who seek to have fired anyone who questions the movement or its motives.
“We know this,” Carlson declared to his audience on June 8. “No matter what they tell you, it has very little to do with black lives — if only it did.
“If Democratic leaders cared about saving the lives of black people–and they should–they wouldn’t ignore the murder of thousands of young black men in their cities every year,” the Fox host added. “They wouldn’t put abortion clinics in black neighborhoods.”
Instead, Carlson said, they would “do their very best to improve public schools and to encourage intact families, which we know beyond a shadow of a doubt is central to the life prospects of children.”
Carlson warns of threat
The popular prime-time host warned viewers that they must not be complacent in the face of the threat posed by those who would attempt to silence any who disagrees with the progressive line.
“This may be a lot of things, this moment we are living through, but it is definitely not about black lives and remember that when they come for you, and at this rate, they will,” he insisted, according to the Daily Caller.
“Anyone who has ever been subjected to the rage of the mob knows the feeling. It’s like being swarmed by hornets. You cannot think clearly, and the temptation is to panic, but you cannot panic,” Carlson went on to implore, seemingly drawing on his own experience as a recurring target of the left.
Fans show support
As the Daily Caller reported, several companies responded to Carlson’s commentary by announcing that they would no longer be advertising during his program, including Disney, Papa John’s Pizza, and T-Mobile.
While some Twitter users celebrated the news, others made it clear that they stood behind the Fox News host, with many using the Twitter hashtag #IStandWithTucker.
Others said they would be boycotting the sponsors who dropped him, with one user, who was retweeted by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), saying that there would be “no more Papa John’s for me. Tucker speaks the truth and they fear him,” the user added, according to the Daily Caller.