Protesters tar­get, van­dal­ize home of Fox News’ Carl­son

Hartford Courant - - World & Nation -

WASH­ING­TON — Po­lice say they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a protest and van­dal­ism at the home of Fox News host Tucker Carl­son as a pos­si­ble hate crime.

Wash­ing­ton's Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice De­part­ment re­ported that of­fi­cers were sum­moned to Carl­son's home Wed­nes­day evening and found about 20 protesters and a com­monly used an­ar­chy sym­bol spray-painted on the drive­way.

A brief video posted on so­cial me­dia by a group call­ing it­self “Smash Racism DC” shows peo­ple stand­ing out­side a dark- ened home chant­ing “Tucker Carl­son we will fight. We know where you sleep at night.”

The video was later re­moved from Twit­ter.

There were no ar­rests, but po­lice con­fis­cated sev­eral signs.

Carl­son has been a ma­jor sup­porter of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and his poli­cies. In re­cent months, White House spokes­woman Sarah Huck­abee Sanders, Home­land Se­cu­rity Sec­re­tary Kirst­jen Nielsen and Repub­li­can Sen. Ted Cruz were all ei­ther re­fused ser­vice or be­rated by protesters in restau­rants.

A state­ment re­leased by Fox News called it “rep­re­hen­si­ble” and called for more civil dis­course at a time of in­tense po­lit­i­cal po­lar­iza­tion.

For­mer Fox News an­chor Megyn Kelly tweeted that the in­ci­dent was “stom­ach-turn­ing” and late-night talk show host Stephen Col­bert, a fre­quent critic of Trump and Fox News, also con­demned it on Twit­ter.

“Fight­ing Tucker Carl­son's ideas is an Amer­i­can right. Tar­get­ing his home and ter­ror­iz­ing his fam­ily is an act of mon­strous cow­ardice,” Col­bert wrote.

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