Fox News’ Tucker Carlson condemned the “lunatics” with a “totalitarian” mindset who threatened him and his family as he spoke with colleague Brian Kilmeade.
Calling into his own show from a previously planned vacation, Carlson weighed in on the violent Antifa protesters who gathered in front of his house, terrifying his wife who was home alone at the time.
Despite the left-wing mob’s threats, Carlson noted that the last 24 hours have “been really nice and affirming,” telling Kilmeade who was sitting in for him on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Thursday that “for every masked lunatic in front of my house, there have been….100 people, some of whom I don’t agree with politically, calling or sending text of support and kindness and it’s just a reminder of what a really nice country it is.”
He added that “most people are humane and decent,” even though the news business gives the impression that people are “lunatics.”
“I’ve characterized the Antifa people and people like them as protesters, but they’re not,” Carlson said.
“I mean, they weren’t protesting anything…[T]hey weren’t trying to change my mind…They were threatening my family to get me to stop talking and obviously, I’m not going to because it’s my job,” he added. “I mean, this has a chilling effect on people’s ability to speak and to think freely.”
“That’s the point. It’s totalitarian in its intent. We should fight it,” Carlson said.
He recounted the ordeal his wife endured as the violent mob, organized by the Antifa group Smash Racism DC, yelled outside their home and even tried to break through the front door.
“I mean, the truth is my wife, even though she’s married to me, is not very political and not — I mean, we live in Washington, we raised our four children in Washington, it’s not – believe it or not – a very political environment,” he explained. “I mean, the whole thing was completely grotesque. The effect is to make it impossible to, like, open your mail.”
Washington, D.C. police are reportedly investigating the protest as a “suspected hate crime” with “anti-political motives.
Carlson revealed what he called the ‘worst’ of the despicable acts, and explained how his family life will be completely different after Antifa publicized his home address and even the addresses of his brother and others.
“I mean, 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,” he said.
“So, you know, I can’t have my kids stay home alone now and I’m a normal person. I live in a normal neighborhood. I’m not talk show host when I get off the air, I’m a father,” Carlson said. “I don’t want to have those battles in my personal life. I don’t think most people do and now they brought it right to my house and I don’t want to whine, I’m not a victim, I’m a happy person, but you know, you can see why I wouldn’t like that and why I feel threatened by it and why I think that this is a threat to free expression to all of us, and I mean that.”
He explained that although the “overwhelming majority” of his neighbors are probably Democrats who don’t agree with him on much of anything, “all of them were appalled by this.”
“I mean, we lose sight again of the fact that the country is overwhelmingly normal people who don’t think that this is acceptable and 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,’ the rest of us are very passive in the face of this.”
He urged a collective speaking out against the violence, noting “I think we know who these people are.”
“In fact, I think one of the people screaming at my wife last night has been a guest on our show,” he added, referring to one of the co-founders of Smash Racism DC, Mike Isaacson, who appeared on Carlson’s show in September 2017.
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“I mean, nobody is for this other than a tiny minority of people and yet they have control. How did we get here?” Carlson asked.
Kilmeade noted how the Antifa mobs are almost always engaged in some sort of violent behavior.
“We’ve seen them in action before,” he said, telling his Fox News colleague that it must “really weigh on your mind.”
“Well, They are absolutely violent. I mean, I don’t want to pretend to be the tough guy, I’m not a tough guy, but I’ve been doing this a long time. I’m not personally, I don’t feel threatened physically, but, you know, I have five other people in my house,” Carlson responded. “If I’m walking down the street and someone comes up and says, I violently disagree with you. Okay, let me hear about it. But to do this is a form of intimidation.”
The Fox News host and Daily Caller founder concluded with a simple observation.
“Why are we describing it as a protest? It a protest in the sense that when the mafia tells a store owner, I’d hate to have this place destroyed, that’s not a protest, it’s a threat,” Carlson said.
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