A group of protesters reportedly affiliated with the anti-fascist group Smash Racism D.C. surrounded the home of Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Wednesday night and shouted threatening messages, according to The Washington Post, which reviewed since-deleted videos and social media posts of the incident.
In one deleted video, the group was heard chanting, “Tucker Carlson, we will fight! We know where you sleep at night!” In another video, a woman is heard saying she wanted to “bring a pipe bomb” to the house, according to the Post.
After one of the protesters slammed into the front door of Carlson’s home — causing it to crack — Carlson’s wife Susan Carlson locked herself in the kitchen pantry and called police, the Fox News personality told the Post. Carlson’s wife was home by herself at the time, as Carlson prepped for his 8 p.m. show. Police told the Post that about 20 people surrounded the home.
“It wasn’t a protest. It was a threat,” Carlson, who is often criticized for his inflammatory rhetoric, especially about immigrants and minorities, told the Post. “They weren’t protesting anything specific that I had said. They weren’t asking me to change anything. They weren’t protesting a policy or advocating for legislation. … They were threatening me and my family and telling me to leave my own neighborhood in the city that I grew up in.”
The protesters also reportedly posted Carlson’s home address, as well as the addresses of his brother and Daily Caller co-founder Neil Patel, on Twitter before their accounts were suspended.
In a statement to TPM, Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott and President Jay Wallace called the incident “reprehensible.”
“The incident that took place at Tucker’s home last night was reprehensible. The violent threats and intimidation tactics toward him and his family are completely unacceptable,” they said. “We as a nation have become far too intolerant of different points of view. Recent events across our country clearly highlight the need for a more civil, respectful, and inclusive national conversation. Those of us in the media and in politics bear a special obligation to all Americans, to find common ground.”
Watch a video obtained by the Post below:
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