Member of mob that harassed Tucker Carlson’s wife at home tells ThinkProgress ‘what actually happened’
If you’ll remember a little earlier this week, we were wondering if it was worth giving Smash Racism DC a “signal boost” by including their tweets in a post here on Twitchy. In the end, we did post their tweets so their words could be captured here even if the tweets were deleted or scrubbed by Twitter.
A sample of the rhetoric as they gathered at Tucker Carlson’s front door: “Tucker Carlson, we will fight! We know where you sleep at night!” “Racist scumbag, leave town!” “Tonight you’re reminded that we have a voice. Tonight, we remind you that you are not safe either.” Oh, and the anarchist classic, “No borders! No walls! No USA at all!”
It looks like ThinkProgress didn’t think twice about giving one of the members of that mob a platform to describe “what actually happened” — you know, the stuff that happened in the videos they posted to Twitter that we all saw?
— ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) November 10, 2018
The narrative is that what they did was no big deal (fewer than 15 people) and has certainly been blown out of proportion by conservative media.
Alan Pyke writes:
The incident, video of which was taken offline shortly after being posted, has prompted an aisle-crossing outcry – fueled in part by Carlson’s own significant embellishments of what occurred while he wasn’t home. I was there for the entirety of the 10-minute demonstration, and can report in detail what actually happened.
A group numbering 13 or 14 protesters trailed by four protest observers, some in the bright green hats often worn by trained First Amendment legal observers when monitoring police-protester interactions, walked up Carlson’s street just after dark on Wednesday.
Another protester read a brief statement through an amplifying device, then led the group in a series of chants against Carlson’s habitual promotion of white supremacist ideology and xenophobia on his Fox News program. Some of the chants included the refrain “we know where you sleep at night.” At multiple points, a chant broke down despite the rhythm-track efforts of a protester with a tambourine.
“We’ll be back! We won’t tell you when!” the group chanted as it moved away from the house. Those carrying signs left them in the front yard bushes and other benign locations on the front of the property as they went.
One straggler from the group then stopped, put a backpack on the ground, and retrieved a can of spray paint from it. As that straggler began to graffiti the anarchist A symbol on the Carlsons’ driveway, at least two members of the group walking away expressed dismay with their fellow traveler.
That was nice that two of the “protesters” objected to spray-painting the anarchy symbol on Carlson’s driveway. So thoughtful.
So, it’s all good then?
So you confirm that a group trespassed at someone’s home and harassed the occupants. Parsing the details doesn’t change a thing.
— prima facie (@primafacie) November 10, 2018
Oh, and I notice you don’t identify yourself or where you live. Probably don’t want people banging on your door, am I right?
— prima facie (@primafacie) November 10, 2018
You participated in a criminal act and have the temerity to lie about the extent of your actions.
Go away.. people like you who terrorize others are a cancer on society.
— SmileMoreHateLess (@JamesElmay) November 10, 2018
What happened was criminal and a disgrace If you participated and think this is ok you are in need of some serious help
— Kim Seefeld (@KAS_SB) November 10, 2018
Remove your masks
— Leto Atreides II (@Emperor_Leto_II) November 10, 2018
You are what is known as a “garbage human”. Someday you’ll do this to the wrong person and when you get a taste of vigilante justice, I’ll laugh.
— CKU (@AlaskaTRX) November 10, 2018
Thugs gotta thug.
— Obaluaê & guillotine (@wfomentar) November 10, 2018
So you're kosher with this happening to your family and property???
— amerimomma (@heretomaga) November 10, 2018
I have the feeling that the left doesn’t care about anyone or anything, but their failed political goals. They’ve become desensitized, and should be treated accordingly.
— Defiance Lady (@defiance_lady) November 10, 2018
Criminal punk! Hopefully, the police will be contacting you shortly!
— Dr. John Bartsch (@Neurs4You) November 10, 2018
Don't believe you. Sorry.
— John Griffin (@trammgr) November 10, 2018
You vilify the police, Trump and Carlson. Yet, you are the ones knocking on a woman’s door at night, chanting “We know where you sleep.” As a woman who has been abused, your engagement and defense of these actions makes you the villain in this scenario.
— Kristy Harder (@harder_kristy) November 10, 2018
Cowards. Planned and schemed an attack on a home occupied by the family of the "target". They knew he wouldn't be home. No amount of word vomit from their lying masked faces changes that fact.
— joey (@jokimla) November 10, 2018
It want a protest, it was an act of domestic terrorism
— Bubs (@CMDR_Bubbles) November 10, 2018
This is an absolutely Stalinesque level of spin and airbrushing.
— SMOD C137 (@PaulWDrake) November 10, 2018
Seriously, you think this is a good, clean protest?
1st of all, what business do you have protesting a family? He's not in government, leading the country. 2nd, he wasn't even home. 3rd, you spray painted his drive way and 4th, you made threats.
You just admitted all of this.
— MT Jr. (@mt_jr73) November 10, 2018
A castle doctrine is a legal doctrine that designates a person's abode as a place in which that person has protections and immunities permitting one to use force to defend oneself against an intruder, free from legal prosecution for the consequences of the force used. KNOCK KNOCK
— Never let a crisis go to waste (@bob_stark000) November 10, 2018
To go to someone's house is not good and only pushes your fascist agenda. Have a honest discussion like an adult not a toddler.
— Kristian (@Kristian113) November 10, 2018
Wow. A complete confession by a criminal.
— lotsaelk (@lotsaelk) November 10, 2018
What's really sad, is you think this explanation excuses what you did.
'We didn't crack the door, we just banged on it really hard while his wife was home alone'
— Walt M. (@Walt_Mahopac) November 10, 2018
Are you trying to convince people what you did is ok or justified because you don’t like Tucker’s show? If you don’t like what he says change the channel. Free speech is free for everyone not just you and your fellow “protesters “.
— Nancy Stout (@nancykstout) November 10, 2018
Who are these "protest observers" and where are their videos to back up the claims made by @thinkprogress ?
— Hi, I'm Nancy Pelosi (@BNKingsley) November 10, 2018
— #PittsburghStrong (@Burgh_Babe) November 10, 2018
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— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) November 8, 2018