Tele­vi­sion host Carl­son told: ‘We know where you sleep at night’

The Dominion Post - - World -

Po­lice say they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a protest and van­dal­ism at the home of Fox News host Tucker Carl­son as a pos­si­ble hate crime. It’s the lat­est ex­am­ple of pro­test­ers tar­get­ing the per­sonal lives of Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials and al­lies in the D.C. area.

Wash­ing­ton’s

Po­lice Depart­ment Metropoli­tan re­ported that of­fi­cers were sum­moned to Carl­son’s home on Wed­nes­day evening, lo­cal time, 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 dark­ened home chant­ing ‘‘Tucker Carl­son we will fight. We know where you sleep at night.’’

The video was from Twit­ter.

There were no ar­rests, but po­lice con­fis­cated sev­eral signs. The re­port lists the in­ci­dent as a ‘‘sus­pected hate crime’’ on the ba­sis of ‘‘anti-po­lit­i­cal’’ bias.

The Metropoli­tan Po­lice said in a state­ment they wel­come and sup­port all ex­pres­sions of free speech and First Amend­ment rights, but that ‘‘de­fac­ing pri­vate prop­erty’’ is an ob­vi­ous vi­o­la­tion. later re­moved

‘‘We will work to hold those ac­count­able for their un­law­ful ac­tions. There is cur­rently an open crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­gard­ing this mat­ter,’’ the state­ment said.

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 Se­na­tor Ted Cruz were all ei­ther re­fused ser­vice or be­rated by restau­rants.

A state­ment re­leased by Fox News called it ‘‘rep­re­hen­si­ble’’ and called for more civil dis­course at a time of in­tense po­lit­i­cal po­lar­i­sa­tion. ‘‘We as a na­tion have be­come far too in­tol­er­ant of dif­fer­ent points of view,’’ the state­ment said. ‘‘Re­cent events across our coun­try clearly high­light the need for a more civil, re­spect­ful, and in­clu­sive na­tional con­ver­sa­tion.’’ –AP pro­test­ers in area Houthi rebel fight­ers took up po­si­tions yes­ter­day on top of one of Hodei­dah’s main civil­ian hos­pi­tals, Amnesty In­ter­na­tional warned, as fight­ing in the cru­cial Ye­meni port city in­ten­si­fied de­spite calls for a cease­fire.

The hu­man rights group said that civil­ians in­side the hospi­tal were at risk of be­ing hit by a Saudiled coali­tion air as­sault af­ter mili­ti­a­men set up a po­si­tion on the roof.

‘‘This is a stom­ach-churn­ing de­vel­op­ment that could have dev­as­tat­ing con­se­quences for the hospi­tal’s med­i­cal work­ers and dozens of civil­ian pa­tients, in­clud­ing many chil­dren,’’ Amnesty said.

The group warned that while the Houthis use of the hospi­tal for mil­i­tary pur­poses was a vi­o­la­tion of in­ter­na­tional law, it was not a jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for coali­tion forces to tar­get the build­ing.

‘‘Any­one at­tack­ing a hospi­tal un­der these con­di­tions risks re­spon­si­bil­ity for war crimes,’’ it said.

Fight­ing in Hodei­dah has in­ten­si­fied in the last week as Ye­meni gov­ern­ment forces and their Saudi and UAE al­lies try to wrest con­trol of the city from the Houthi rebels, who are backed by Iran.

Dozens of civil­ians and com­bat­ants have been killed as coali­tion forces, led by the UAE, pound the city with airstrikes and push through its streets as part of a renewed of­fen­sive that be­gan over the week­end.

‘‘Ei­ther the rebels sur­ren­der the city peace­fully or we take it by force, but we will take it ei­ther way,’’ a UAE com­man­der said as coali­tion troops ad­vanced, push­ing aside rebel bull­doz­ers.

The in­ten­si­fied at­tack came de­spite a US call for a cease­fire in Ye­men within 30 days, fol­lowed swiftly by UN-bro­kered peace talks in Swe­den.

The coali­tion of­fen­sive ap­pears to be an ef­fort to im­prove the Ye­meni gov­ern­ment’s stand­ing on the bat­tle­field so it will be in a stronger po­si­tion dur­ing even­tual ne­go­ti­a­tions with the Houthis.

Hodei­dah is the main life­line for food and hu­man­i­tar­ian aid for civil­ians in Houthi-con­trolled ter­ri­tory in the north of Ye­men.

Hu­man rights groups have warned that fight­ing around the port threat­ens to plunge the rest of the coun­try into even deeper mis­ery. – Tele­graph Group road blocks with

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