Protesters gathered in front of Fox News host Tucker Carlson's home in northwestern Washington on Wednesday night, calling him a racist and chanting "We know where to sleep at night", the latest one. A series of similar episodes in which prominent conservatives have been aggressively confronted. their privacy.
Carlson, who is often denounced by liberal critics for his rhetoric about immigrants and minorities, was not home at the time, around 18:30, nor his children. But his wife was there and, according to Carlson, she locked herself in the pantry and called 911 for fear of a home invasion.
"Tucker Carlson, we are outside your home," was heard in a video of the incident that was published on social media and has since been removed. The person accuses Carlson of "promoting hate" and "an ideology that has resulted in the death of thousands of people".
The protesters dispersed as the police arrived. Nobody has been arrested and the confrontation, which allegedly involved about 20 people, is currently under investigation as an alleged hate crime, according to a police report.
Smash Racism DC, the anti-fascist group that participated in the organization of the protest, said Thursday without complaining by writing on Facebook: "The fascists are vulnerable. Face them at home!
In this message, which has since been suppressed, the group said that Carlson and other conservative experts, as well as President Trump, had stoked hatred and created a climate conducive to political violence, such as the recent shooting mass in a Pittsburgh synagogue, his allies rejected. "Fascist experts who promote violence deserve no peace," he said on Facebook.
In June, during a national debate on the separation of migrant children from their parents on the southern border of the United States, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen was heckled while eating in a Mexican restaurant in the United States. DC. In September, Smash Racism also helped organize protesters shouted Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) And his wife in an upscale restaurant, blaming the lawmaker for backing Brett M. Kavanaugh's appointment to the Supreme Court .
The clashes attracted criticism from many political actors and fueled remarks by Republicans who called the left angry mob.
Carlson was at his desk at Fox News when he received several text messages from neighbors reporting a commotion outside his home.
"I called my wife," Carlson told the Washington Post. "She was alone in the kitchen preparing to go to dinner and she heard screaming at the front door. . . . Someone started flinging herself against the front door and cracked the doorway. "
The police report does not mention damage to the front door. Carlson's wife "retreated to a room in the back of her house" after hearing a loud knock and knock on the door. The police found a symbol of anarchy sprayed on the driveway, according to the police report.
The report describes the incident as an alleged hate crime with an "anti-political" bias. Police have beefed up its presence in the neighborhood while continuing the investigation into the incident, spokesman Dustin Sternbeck said.
Carlson said the protesters had blocked both ends of his street and had carried placards indicating the address of his home. A woman was also heard in one of the suppressed videos, claiming that she wanted to "bring a homemade bomb" to her home, he said.
"It was not a demonstration. It was a threat, "said Carlson. "They were not protesting something specific I said. They did not ask me to change anything. They did not protest against a policy or advocated for legislation. . . . They threatened me and my family and told me to leave my own neighborhood in the city where I grew up. "
One of the protesters told The Post that the group did not intend to be violent and did not attempt to break into Carlson's home. The protester, who requested anonymity for fear of reprisal, said the group wanted to make Carlson uncomfortable.
"The reason for this tactic is to bring to Tucker the pain felt every day by the marginalized victims of right-wing politics and to make it personal," said the protester. "He explicitly made right-wing politics a mainstream. That's what he did with his TV show and his platform. "
The person stated that the group did not plan to demonstrate in front of Carlson's home in the dark, but did not consider the change in daylight hours last weekend. He said that Trump and other members of the right systematically described the protests of all members of the left as violent and uncontrollable, regardless of the facts – so the group is indifferent if their tactics are the most extreme hurts the democrats.
The address of Carlson, along with those of his brother and good friend Neil Patel, with whom he co-founded the conservative media site The Daily Caller, were shared in tweets from the Smash Racism DC report after the event.
On Twitter, Smash Racism DC also accused Carlson of spreading "fear in our homes" every night, particularly challenging his comments on the caravan of migrants traveling across Mexico to the United States.
"Tonight, we remind you that we have a voice," we read in the tweet now removed from the group. "Tonight we remind you that you are not safe either."
As a result of reviews and reports, Twitter removed the tweets and suspended the band's account early Thursday morning. The Facebook video has also been removed, but the group page is still displayed.
Carlson's "doxing" – the revelation of his personal information on the Internet – and the ensuing protest at his home sparked widespread condemnation from a host of press and media personalities.
Brit Hume, Senior Policy Analyst at Fox News decried as "revolting and scary".
S.E. Cupp, a CNN host, wrote on Twitter that the activists' actions were "not good", adding "do not do that".
Washington Post columnist Max Boot, who criticized Carlson, also spoke. "I think Tucker has a terrible influence on modern America, but that does not justify harassing him at home," says Boot. tweeted. "Go up, not down."