Wednesday evening, anti-fascist protesters thought to be associated with Smash Racism D.C. gathered outside of Tucker Carlson’s Washington D.C. home. Carlson, the vitriol-spewing Fox News anchor, is known for his hardline stance against anything not associated with the GOP or extreme conservatism. Smash Racism D.C.’s involvement with the protest is linked to a Twitter post in which the group revealed Carlson’s home address.
The protestors assembled en masse outside Carlson’s house, chanting, “Tucker Carlson, we will fight. We know where you sleep at night! Racist scumbag, leave town!”
Only Carlson’s wife, Susie, was home at the time, meaning the protesters didn’t even deliver their message to the intended target. Rightfully frightened by the angry mob outside, Susie locked herself in the pantry and called the police.
The protest reportedly caused damage to an oak door on the Carlson property. In addition, protestors allegedly threatened Carlson with a pipe bomb.
“Here’s the problem, I have four children,” Tucker Carlson told Fox. “I never thought twice about leaving them home alone, but this is the reaction because this group doesn’t like my TV show.”
The Metropolitan Police Department in Washington D.C. has now opened an investigation into the protest.
“We welcome those who come here to exercise their First Amendment rights in a safe and peaceful manner,” the department said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday. “However, we prohibit them from breaking the law. Last night, a group of protestors broke the law by defacing private property at a Northwest, DC residence. MPD takes these violations seriously, and we will work to hold those accountable for their unlawful actions. There is currently an open criminal investigation regarding this matter.”
While other conservative figures, such as Megyn Kelly and Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott, have shared their support for Carlson, the right-wing talk show host found another, unexpected ally. On Thursday, host of The Late Show, Stephen Colbert, issued a statement of his own on Twitter.
“Fighting Tucker Carlson’s ideas is an American right,” Colbert shared on Twitter. “Targeting his home and terrorizing his family is an act of monstrous cowardice. Obviously don’t do this, but also, take no pleasure in it happening. Feeding monsters just makes more monsters.”
In a supposedly civilized society, such statements shouldn’t need to be made (especially with such regularity), but here goes, anyway: Carlson’s family does not deserve to live in fear because of the ridiculous, horrible statements their patriarch makes on television five days a week. That’s obvious.
That said, it’s Colbert’s response to the incident that stands out. The talk show host put politics aside to condemn the act. Would Carlson have done the same had the tables had been turned? Or would hate mongers like those on Fox News or in the White House have called the people protesting Colbert and his ilk “good people” who were misunderstood or whatever other ridiculous defense their spin teams could contrive?