Fox News host Tucker Carlson stuns with comment on Kenosha shootings
August 27, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 29: Fox News host Tucker Carlson discusses 'Populism and the Right' during the National Review Institute's Ideas Summit at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel March 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. Carlson talked about a large variety of topics including dropping testosterone levels, increasing rates of suicide, unemployment, drug addiction and social hierarchy at the summit, which had the theme 'The Case for the American Experiment.' (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Wednesday suggested it was not surprising that a teenager arrested in connection to a shooting allegedly took up arms and tried to "maintain order" during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
(CNN Business)Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Wednesday suggested it was not surprising that a teenager arrested in connection to a shooting allegedly took up arms and tried to "maintain order" during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
"How shocked are we that 17-year-olds with rifles decided they had to maintain order when no one else would?" Carlson asked on his prime time television program.
During his Wednesday show, Carlson argued that "the authorities in charge of the city abandoned it" and "refused to enforce the law. " Neither the Kenosha Police Department nor the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department could be reached for comment early Thursday morning.
The Fox News host said the authorities "stood back and watched Kenosha burn" over the last few nights and asked, "So are we really surprised that looting and arson accelerated to murder?"
Asked about Carlson's remark, a Fox News spokesperson pointed to a tweet from Carlson in which he leveled similar criticism against the Wisconsin authorities.
Carlson's remark about 17-year-olds choosing to "maintain order" with firearms drew immediate criticism.
Most recently, Carlson saw more advertisers — including Disney and T-Mobile — flee his program in June after he said the Black Lives Matter movement was "not about Black lives" and warned viewers to "remember that when they come for you. " (A Fox News spokesperson later said Carlson was referring to Democratic leaders, not Black Lives Matter protesters, when he made the comments. )
And earlier this summer, Carlson faced significant controversy after CNN revealed that his now-former top writer had spent years secretly making racist and sexist comments in an online forum.