Fox News personality Tucker Carlson defended Kenosha gunman Kyle Rittenhouse, who was arrested for the murder of two Black Lives Matter protesters.
“The 17-year-old who has been charged tried to run from the mob, tripped and fell in the middle of the street,” Carlson said. “A man ran up and smashed him in the head with a skateboard. The 17-year-old fired his gun.”
“Kenosha has devolved into anarchy, the authorities in charge of the city abandoned it,” Carlson argued. “People in charge, from the governor of Wisconsin on down, refused to enforce the law. They stood back and watched Kenosha burn.”
“So 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?” he asked.
Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich blasted Fox News executives for airing Carlson’s defense of the suspected gunman.
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. https://t.co/YbT8as1kHg
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) August 27, 2020
Reich wasn’t the only one shocked by the segment, with the hashtag #FireTuckerCarlson taking off on Twitter. Here’s some of the commentary and analysis:
An innocent black guy is killed by police and Tucker Carlson calls him a thug.
A guilty white guy murders two people and Tucker Carlson calls him a patriot. https://t.co/SGHhohdLfC
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) August 27, 2020
Stochastic terrorism: “the public demonization of a person or group resulting in the incitement of a violent act, which is statistically probable but whose specifics cannot be predicted.”#FireTuckerCarlson https://t.co/KFzeFR0taV
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) August 27, 2020
Tucker Carlson just told his audience that a 17 year old white supremacist was justified for murdering 2 peaceful protesters. He basically sent out a whistle call for an all out race war. #FireTuckerCarlson https://t.co/UjcWIXEoQA
— julie (@AngryRN74) August 27, 2020
Tucker Carlson has been putting on a fascism masterclass, night after night, for years. Justifying the murder of protesters was an inevitability. This is what the show has always been about.
— Carlos Maza (@gaywonk) August 27, 2020
How shocked are we that Tucker Carlson decided he had to maintain his fussy depravity when no one else would dare by giving a thumbs up to murder. No one, since being surprised at the latest bile to spew forth from this wanna-be man/persistently piqued desk jockey is redundant https://t.co/IXzWu7O2mM
— Kara Swisher (@karaswisher) August 27, 2020
Tucker Carlson has been spewing white supremacist rhetoric for awhile, but tonight’s monologue made it clear—he wants a race war & he’s willing to excuse a murderer as long as he’s killing the right people. He’s a despicable racist. He should be FIRED. #FireTuckerCarlson
— Teresa -TIRED OF TRUMP – Trejo (@_Tired_of_Trump) August 27, 2020
The first ten minutes of tonight's Tucker Carlson Tonight are the closest thing I think I've ever seen to pure, unfiltered fascism in American public life. Going out to the largest cable news audience ever.
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) August 27, 2020
Your occasional reminder that Tucker Carlson is employed and compensated by a corporation whose board of directors could insist that its employees, e.g., not excuse racial violence:
Roland A. Hernandez
Paul Ryan. https://t.co/PbQQ1Jz12K
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) August 27, 2020
— Joshua Geller (@jmgeller95) August 27, 2020
Even Fox can't afford to tolerate its personalities validating murder and describing it as "maintaining order." #FireTuckerCarlson
— GigMistress (@MistressGig) August 27, 2020
I’ll give Tucker Carlson credit. He’s very creative at finding new ways to show he’s a despicable human being. https://t.co/VLiHO9LdN2
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) August 27, 2020
When Tucker Carlson trends on twitter you know it's because of some racist shit.
— Alex Cole (@acnewsitics) August 27, 2020
— Cindy (@Lolaownsme) August 27, 2020
“@DesignationSix: Tucker Carlson Justifies Kyle Rittenhouse's murders. We need to boycott cable until they ban Fox News. We can also boycott their sponsors@Disney
You ok with this Disney @hulu
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You ok with this ?
— John Cusack (@johncusack) August 27, 2020
Tucker Carlson explains that it's hardly surprising that this radicalized 17 year old decided to murder two people in cold blood. You'd think this would be a bright line. But of course it's not for Fox. https://t.co/UzhRWs7EZX
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) August 27, 2020
You don't need to read the Kenosha killer’s manifesto…Just turn on Fox News.
In 2018, Tucker Carlson claimed “Terrorism is a largely immigrant phenomena” …. tonight he is defending White Supremacist terrorism.pic.twitter.com/K4Sw7eJCoa
— Rula Jebreal (@rulajebreal) August 27, 2020
If Tucker Carlson stays on the air after this then everyone needs to stop complaining about cancel culture forever.https://t.co/CUpQ2VbFea
— Matt Wilstein (@mattwilstein) August 27, 2020
Would Tucker Carlson say this if Kyle Rittenhouse was Black, Brown or Muslim? Just keep everything else the same except his skin color.
Republicans, what happened to you? https://t.co/0OYj9LZ6ro
— Wajahat "Wears a Mask Because of a Pandemic" Ali (@WajahatAli) August 27, 2020
Tucker Carlson defending Kyle Rittenhouse's decision to murder 2 people in a Kenosha, Wisconsin.
His show needs to be CANCELED.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) August 27, 2020
All I see in my Twitter feed is the RNC getting streamrolled by Tucker Carlson’s pro-vigilante justice commentary.
— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) August 27, 2020
Even if they don't appear on Tucker Carlson Tonight, advertisers who partner with Fox News make his show possible. Here's a list of the network's top current advertisers: https://t.co/mtGGM1bJ3C https://t.co/sUWqUnJtHQ
— Madeline Peltz (@peltzmadeline) August 27, 2020
fox news pays tucker carlson millions of dollars for this commentary. this is what fox news wants to tell the world during its most prominent timeslot. because fox news' business model depends on the defense of white supremacy. https://t.co/2HB9AKVnOR
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) August 27, 2020
Black guy goes out with his family, gets shot in front of his kids. White kid puts on gloves, grabs an AR15, deliberately commits murder — and millionaire motherfuckers like Tucker Carlson actually condone it, on TV, to prop up the president. This country is in serious danger.
— Michael Marshall Smith (@ememess) August 27, 2020