Fox Host Tucker Carlson struck a nerve with his Wednesday evening commentary on the Kenosha riots, and the liberal outrage mob is once again campaigning to get him fired from the network.
After Carlson commented that Americans shouldn’t be surprised that vigilantes stepped up to fill the void that is being left as local governments gut their police forces, dozens of blue checks on Twitter caused the hashtag #FireTuckerCarlson to go viral.
Carlson triggers the left
Much of the national conversation on Wednesday was focused on Illinois teenager, Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, who appears to have traveled to Kenosha, Wisconsin, to defend local businesses in the area from looting and riots that have engulfed the city since Sunday.
Rittenhouse allegedly shot three people on Tuesday night, two of whom died from their wounds. Rittenhouse has been charged with 1st-degree intentional homicide. Rittenhouse wasn’t the only armed civilian in Kenosha that claimed to be protecting local businesses, but some witnesses described him as “more erratic and ‘on edge’ than the others.”
On his Wednesday evening show, Tucker Carlson offered his opinion on Rittenhouse’s actions, pointing out that authorities in Wisconsin “stood back and watched Kenosha burn” after ordering law enforcement to stand down.
“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,” Carlson remarked.
Twitter mob strikes
Carlson’s comments caused the Twitterati to fly into a rage, and news outlets like the Guardian and CNN joined in, accusing Carlson of “defending” Rittenhouse’s actions, appearing to ignore the context of Carlson’s comments.
“I will answer @TuckerCarlson,” gun control activist Fred Guttenberg tweeted. “My daughter was killed by an 18 year with an AR 15. Just walked into her school. Tucker, you are a fucking lunatic who will get people killed. I hope advertisers dropp you immediately today. You should be removed for the safety of our kids.”
Former Clinton labor secretary Robert Reich tweeted “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.”
Hollywood, of course, had to weigh in, with actor John Cusack appearing to encourage his followers to protest at the homes of Fox executives to drop Carlson from the network. “Might want to surround their houses till they stop inciting murder,” Cusack tweeted in response to Reich’s statement.
Tucker Carlson’s popularity has skyrocketed since the inception of the COVID-19 pandemic, as Americans seek news and commentary that isn’t controlled by the left.
Carlson’s sometimes inflammatory statements infuriate leftist activists, and some form of boycott campaign against Carlson typically arises every few months. However, his popularity continues to rise. Carlson’s show has recently broken the record for the highest-rated quarter of any cable news program.