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* will stand against incivility when I see it.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson was at his desk Wednesday evening, less
than two hours before his 8 p.m. live show, when he suddenly started
receiving multiple text messages.
There was some sort of commotion happening outside his home in
"I called my wife," Carlson told The Washington Post in a phone
interview. "She had been in the kitchen alone getting ready to go to
dinner and she heard pounding on the front door and screaming. ...
Someone started throwing himself against the front door and actually
cracked the front door."
His wife, thinking it was a home invasion, locked herself in the
pantry and called 911, Carlson said. The couple have four children,
but none were home at the time.
But it wasn't a home invasion. It was a protest.
According to now-deleted social media posts shared by Smash Racism DC,
a local anti-facist organization whose members have been tied to other
demonstrations against prominent Republican figures, activists showed
up outside Carlson's home Wednesday and they had a message for him.
"Tucker Carlson, we are outside your home," one person could be heard
saying in the since-deleted video. The person, using a bullhorn,
accused Carlson of "promoting hate" and "an ideology that has led to
thousands of people dying."
"We want you to know, we know where you sleep at night," the person
concluded, before leading the group to chant, "Tucker Carlson, we will
fight! We know where you sleep at night!"
Roughly 20 people had gathered outside Carlson's residence, said Lt.
Jon Pongratz with the Metropolitan Police Department of D.C.
Authorities received a call at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and responded
"within a few minutes," Pongratz told The Post.
Carlson said the protesters had blocked off both ends of his street
and carried signs that listed his home address. The group called
Carlson a "racist scumbag" and demanded that he "leave town,"
according to posts on Twitter. A woman was also overheard in one of
the deleted videos saying she wanted to "bring a pipe bomb" to his
house, he said.
"It wasn't a protest. It was a threat," said Carlson, who is often
denounced by critics, particularly liberal critics, for inflammatory
rhetoric about immigrants and minorities on his Fox News show. "They
weren't protesting anything specific that I had said. They weren't
asking me to change anything. They weren't protesting a policy or
advocating for legislation. ... They were threatening me and my family
and telling me to leave my own neighborhood in the city that I grew up
He added that he still does not know who was behind the protest, but
plans to find out.
On Twitter, Smash Racism DC accused Carlson of spreading "fear into
our homes" every night, taking particular issue with his comments
about the migrant caravan.
"Tonight you're reminded that we have a voice," a now-deleted tweet
read. "Tonight, we remind you that you are not safe either."
The host's address, as well as the addresses 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 Smash Racism DC's
In a Facebook post that included video of the gathering, the group
wrote, "Fascists are vulnerable. Confront them at their homes!"
Following backlash and news reports, Twitter deleted the problematic
tweets and suspended the group's account early Thursday morning. The
Facebook video was also taken down, but the page is still up. A
request for comment made to the group's Facebook page early Thursday
has not been returned.
Hours after the protesters dispersed, police were still stationed near
his home, Pongratz said, adding the block will be under "special
attention" for "as long as needed."
"We're going to keep an eye on the block and the area because of the
earlier disturbance to make sure that nothing escalates," he said,
noting that the increased security was a decision made by police. "We
wanted to make sure that it stayed safe ... in case they do come
News of the protest and doxxing, revealing personal information on the
internet, prompted widespread condemnation from not just
conservative-leaning journalists or Fox News personalities but also
media members who are critical of Carlson.
Megyn Kelly, the former Fox News personality who is reportedly in exit
talks with NBC, called the demonstration "stomach-turning."
"This has to stop," Kelly tweeted, sharing a video of the protesters.
"Who are we? What are we becoming? @TuckerCarlson is tough & can
handle a lot, but he does not deserve this. His family does not
Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume decried it as "revolting,
and frightening." Daily Wire reporter Amanda Prestigiacomo tweeted
that the protesters were "cowards" for going to Carlson's home while
he was taping his show. S.E. Cupp, a CNN host, wrote on Twitter that
the activists' actions were "not okay," adding, "don't do this."
Washington Post columnist Max Boot, who has been critical of Carlson,
also spoke out against the protest.
"I think Tucker is a terrible influence on modern America but that
doesn't justify harassing him at home," Boot tweeted. "Go high, not
In his nightly newsletter, CNN's Brian Stelter dedicated a section to
the protest titled, "Tucker Carlson does not deserve this." Stelter
also shared screenshots of the newsletter on Twitter.
"You can love or hate Fox's Tucker Carlson, but we should all be able
to see that this protester behavior is wrong," the newsletter read.
Quoting the responses from Kelly and Boot, Stelter wrote, "I agree.
Get a permit for a protest outside Carlson's office if you want. But
don't chant 'we know where you sleep at night' outside his home."
Carlson, a longtime D.C. resident, said he went to "great lengths" to
keep his home address private because of his family, who were all
"very upset" by the protesters. He added that he loves his home and
neighborhood and does not want to move.
"They think of Northwest D.C. as a tranquil sanctuary where they know
everyone and everyone is nice," he said. "They think of this as the
greatest place in the world."
Now, Carlson is worried about leaving his family alone at home.
"How can you go out for dinner and leave the kids at home at this
point?" he said. "If they're talking about pipe bombs ... how do you
live like that?"
He added that he also doesn't know what he's going to do about
checking the mail. In October, pipe bombs were mailed across the
country to high-profile critics of President Trump.
"I probably won't open another package sent to our house from now on,"
Wednesday night's events are the latest in a spate of harassment aimed
at prominent politicians and media outlets, ranging from being heckled
in restaurants to receiving packages containing explosive devices.
While he is no stranger to threats, Carlson said this time things went
"I don't think I should be threatened in our house," he said. "I think
I should fight back, and I plan to."
He added: "I'm not going to be bullied and intimidated."
[This isn't the first time Smash Racism DC has done this]
ANTIFA means "ANTI-First Amendment"