Pro­test­ers tar­get home of Fox News’ Tucker Carl­son

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

WASH­ING­TON >> 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 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 dark­ened 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. 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.

“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 Sen. Ted Cruz were all ei­ther re­fused ser­vice or be­rated by pro­test­ers in area restau­rants.

Wed­nes­day’s in­ci­dent prompted re­ac­tions from across the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum.

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