2020-08-27 16:55:29 UTC
Fox News host Tucker Carlson sparked widespread and immediate backlash for
seemingly justifying the actions of a vigilante teen accused of opening fire on
protesters in Kenosha, Wisc., who were demanding justice for the police shooting
of Jacob Blake.
Kyle Rittenhouse was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon just outside
Wisconsin in the Illinois city of Antioch and charged with first-degree
intentional homicide. It came after two people were killed overnight Tuesday as
tensions sparked by the shooting of Blake bubbled over during a third straight
night of demonstrations in downtown Kenosha.
The father of six remained in the hospital for treatment and will require
additional surgeries for his injuries. Doctors have said it will be a miracle if
Blake walks again.
During a segment on Tucker Carlson Tonight following Rittenhouses arrest, the
host said he could understand why the teen would want to maintain order after
violence erupted in the city.
We do know why it happened, though. Kenosha devolved into anarchy because the
authorities abandoned the people, he said Wednesday night. Those in charge,
from the governor down, refused the law. Theyve stood back and watched Kenosha
burn. Are we really surprised that looting and arson accelerated to murder?
Carlson added: How shocked are we that 17-year-olds with rifles decided they
had to maintain order when no one else would?
His comments drew the ire of journalists, celebrities and Twitter-users alike,
including that of Nikole Hannah-Jones, the New York Times Magazine reporter who
won a Pulitzer Prize for her work on the 1619 Project.
He just justified murder, she said.
Comedian Billy Eichner simply wrote Fire Tucker Carlson, in a tweet that was
quoted and replicated countless times.
The conservative television personality is no stranger to controversy and has
sparked boycotts of his show in the past. Last summer, Carlson sent advertisers
running after he said the problem of White Supremacy in America was a hoax and