Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Wednesday sparked anger after he suggested that a 17-year-old boy who was arrested and charged with killing demonstrators during protests in Kenosha took up arms in a bid to âmaintain orderâ, a comment which has led to condemnation both in the media and social platforms.
« 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 night time television program on Fox News.
On Wednesday, 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse was arrested and charged with first-degree intentional homicide after two people were killed the previous night at a protest in Kenosha following the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
On the protests in Kenosha Carlson added that, âKenoshaâs devolved into anarchy because the authorities in charge of the city abandoned it. People in charge from the Governor of Wisconsin on down refused to enforce the law.â
Carlsonâs comments drew strong condemnation from media outlets and people on social media, with some accusing the host of justifying murder.
Carlsonâs comments were criticized widely on social media with former secretary of labor Robert Reich tweeted, âIf they don’t take action after this, every one of Fox News’s executives, directors, and advertisers is complicit in Tucker Carlson’s racist, murderous rants,â New York Times reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones tweeted, « He just justified murder. » Comedian and radio show host Dean Obeidallah also called out Carlson for defending âthe Trump terrorist who killed two Black lives matter protesters.â Conservative commentator Bill Kristol called out Foxâs board of directors stating over Carlsonâs comments stating, âYour occasional reminder that Tucker Carlson is employed and compensated by a corporation whose board of directors could insist that its employees, e.g., not excuse racial violence.â
Last month, Carlson had stoked controversy by suggesting Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth, who lost both her legs fighting in the Iraq War, âhated America.â Duckworth had immediately hit back challenging the Fox News host to âwalk a mile in her legs.â Prior to that, Carlsonâs head writer resigned from the show after racist, homophobic and misogynistic online posts linked to him surfaced. In a civil lawsuit filed by two women, last month, Carlson and his Fox News colleague Sean Hannity were accused of sexual harassment. In a statement shared with Forbes, Fox News has refuted these charges, citing an independent investigationg conducted by an outside law firm, calling the allegations, âfalse, patently frivolous and utterly devoid of any merit.â
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