The Jury Talks Back

11/8/2018

Tucker Carlson And Family Targeted By A Mob Of Moral Cowards

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dana @ 12:12 pm

[guest post by Dana]

Last night, Tucker Carlson’s wife was at home alone when a mob of approximately 20 individuals congregated in front of the Carlson’s Northwest D.C. home and pounded on the front door, terrifying Mrs. Carlson:

“I called my wife,” Carlson told The Washington Post in a phone interview. “She had been in the kitchen alone getting ready to go to dinner and she heard pounding on the front door and screaming. … Someone started throwing himself against the front door and actually cracked the front door.”

His wife, thinking it was a home invasion, locked herself in the pantry and called 911, Carlson said. The couple have four children, but none were home at the time.

But it wasn’t a home invasion. It was a **protest.

According to reports, those claiming responsibility are part of an already familiar group of agitators called Smash Racism D.C.:

According to now-deleted social media posts shared by Smash Racism D.C., a local anti-fascist organization whose members have been tied to other demonstrations against prominent Republican figures, activists showed up outside Carlson’s home Wednesday and they had a message for him.

“Tucker Carlson, we are outside your home,” one person could be heard saying in the since-deleted video. The person, using a bullhorn, accused Carlson of “promoting hate” and “an ideology that has led to thousands of people dying.”

“We want you to know, we know where you sleep at night,” the person concluded, before leading the group to chant, “Tucker Carlson, we will fight! We know where you sleep at night!”

Clearly hypocrisy and irony is lost on these imbeciles.

Carlson described the events:

Carlson said the protesters had blocked off both ends of his street and carried signs that listed his home address. The group called Carlson a “racist scumbag” and demanded that he “leave town,” according to posts on Twitter. A woman was also overheard in one of the deleted videos saying she wanted to “bring a pipe bomb” to his house, he said.

“It wasn’t a protest. It was a threat,” said Carlson, who is often denounced by critics, particularly liberal ones, for his rhetoric about immigrants and minorities on his Fox News show. “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.”

On social media accounts, the activists made their point clear:

On Twitter, Smash Racism D.C. accused Carlson of spreading “fear into our homes” every night, taking particular issue with his comments about the migrant caravan.

“Tonight you’re reminded that we have a voice,” a now-deleted tweet read. “Tonight, we remind you that you are not safe either.”

“Fascists are vulnerable. Confront them at their homes!”

“Protecting ourselves and our communities means interfering with those who make a platform for hate,” the statement said. “So we will go to their homes and their workplaces, and find them in restaurants.”

According to Brian Stelter, who viewed the police report:

The police report describes the incident as a “suspected hate crime” and says the motivation was “anti-political.”

One would think that a reasonable people would universally, and unhesitatingly condemn the illegal actions of moral cowards intent on terrorizing a family because they hold views different than their own. Because that’s what good and decent people of all stripes do. Or did, once upon a time. So while it may have once been the norm, it no longer is:

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How hard is it to put yourself and your family in the Carlson’s shoes? If your loved ones were being threatened and frightened in a similar manner, would you not be enraged and upset and determined to see those guilty brought to justice? Would you not, with absolute clarity, allowing nothing as mundane and temporal as politics to obstruct your view, know, unequivocally, that this behavior is wrong and should be condemned? You would see it clearly if it happened to you. You would feel the rising nausea as you envisioned your own spouse crouched in abject terror. If it happened to you. The wrong of it would be a brutal slap of reality to your smug, closely held views of politics, race and the state of America. But reasonable people, who still know right from wrong and whose inner-selves are not polluted with political deceit and deception, would know this without it having to happen to them. That there are many who are not condemning what happened, is disturbing. That others believe what happened is a justified form of “rough justice” because they don’t like Carlson and his ideas, is even more disturbing. Something is terribly broken inside any individual who believes this is little more than a political strategy, or an effort to shed light on bad ideas. But not even these individuals deserve to ever have this happen to them. How has this become so hard for people to understand?

And this works both ways, on both sides of the political aisle. It should all be equally condemned:

An Arkansas man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly making death threats against CNN anchor Don Lemon. According to a press release from the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office, 39-year-old Benjamin Craig Matthews has been charged with “terroristic threatening” (five counts in the first degree, four in the second) and harassing communications (nine counts).

In one of his calls to CNN, Matthews allegedly threatened to beat up Lemon. It didn’t end there, the Baxter Bulletin reports:

The next day, Matthews is accused of calling the network six times in the span of 23 minutes. During one of the calls Matthews reportedly asked to be directed to Lemon’s “dead body hanging from a tree.”

During another call in that short span, Matthews reportedly asked the operator to help kill Lemon.

One Nov. 2, the next, Matthews is accused of placing another six calls to the network during another 23-minute time span. In three of those calls, Matthews is accused of asking his calls be directed to “pipe bombs for Don Lemon.

Helpful hint: If you despise the politics and ideas of Tucker Carlson (or Don Lemon), then do the hard work of persuading them of the rightness of your views, do the hard work of demonstrating why they are wrong, challenge and compel them to re-think beliefs and ideals. Of course, it really goes without saying that cowardly pussies are just that, and incapable of doing the real hard work.

Preemptive strike: It is equally condemnable that Christine Blasey-Ford and her family have had to move four times because of threats and harassment from horrible people. I shouldn’t have to note this, but this is where we’re at…

(**Clearly it all depends on what the definition of protest is.)

–Dana

7 Comments »

  1. Helpful hint: If you despise the politics and ideas of Tucker Carlson (or Don Lemon), then do the hard work of persuading them of the rightness of your views, do the hard work of demonstrating why they are wrong, challenge and compel them to re-think beliefs and ideals.

    Do you have reason to think this goal can be achieved?
    More specifically, do you have reason to think this goal can be achieved before a mob of approximately 20 individuals congregates in front of your home and attacks you and/or your family?

    If so, can you go into more detail about why? I’ve generally found estimating the timeframes in which humans will do things is very difficult even when dealing with a single, well-known human, let alone a self-selecting cohort from a population of about half the US population.

    If not, how do you conclude that deciding that one is incapable of doing the real hard work is a sign of being a cowardly pussy, rather than merely a sign of remembering one is mortal?

    I realize, of course, that there are thousands of people who don’t feel so strongly about their own righteousness and that of their cause that, when they see these things, they condemn them, whenever they see them. In many cases, these people end up deciding that the causes the mobs defend aren’t as righteous as they previously believed. Thus, the existence of mobs who claim to support your position (or positions that look similar) makes it harder for you to do the real hard work.

    Do you give any credit to the thesis that there are people who don’t care much about the righteousness of the relevant causes, but will cow to an angry mob in order to direct mob attention away from themselves (and, presumably, indulge their own darker nature)? Can you point to political movements that have been successful in opposition to such a mob without inspiring a mob of their own? If not, how do you conclude that it is possible to avoid this particular obstacle to the real hard work?

    You’re one of the few people that can speak authoritatively on this subject; you demonstrated that you wouldn’t cow to intimidation when you were harassed by the convicted bomber. Knowing what you know now, how would you reassure your old self that the result wouldn’t ruin you?

    Comment by CayleyGraph — 11/8/2018 @ 1:17 pm

  2. CaleyGraph,

    I think you’re under the impression that Patterico wrote the post, in light of your convicted bomber comment. He didn’t. I did. I’ll pass your comment on to him. Thanks.

    Comment by Dana — 11/8/2018 @ 4:01 pm

  3. I will, as the author of this post, add my two cents.

    Never before in history have everyday people had the ability to communicate with just about anyone. The internet has made available any number of platforms and options in which to directly “talk” to pundits, politicians, and reporters. This, on top of millions of individuals with Twitter and FB accounts, blogs, etc. The possibilities of expressing one’s point of view, and presenting their arguments, is pretty much without limits.

    My point is, if people are truly interested in persuading others to their point of view, they can easily use the tools freely at their disposal. They can at least present their arguments. For the record, I don’t believe the Smash Racism/Antifa thugs are really interested in doing that. That would be too hard, require too much discipline and effort, and frankly, harsh their need to be violent. Thugs are gonna thug.

    All of us who are not public figures have an easier go at pushing back because we have our anonymity. What a gift that is. But I can say that even writing at this blog, and opining on issues that I am passionate about or believe in has gotten me some very unpleasant push back from surprising corners.

    Of course not everyone cares about the same things, nor believes in the righteousness of the same causes. But so what? Does that mean we are to remain silent?

    … how do you conclude that deciding that one is incapable of doing the real hard work is a sign of being a cowardly pussy, rather than merely a sign of remembering one is mortal?

    They’re incapable of doing the hard work because they have allowed anger and rage to compel them and fuel their fires. That they don’t attempt to civilly persuade but rather intimidate and threaten, demonstrates to me that it is unbridled emotion, and not logic and rational thought that motivates them.

    Comment by Dana — 11/8/2018 @ 4:16 pm

  4. I agree, Dana. Well said.

    Comment by DRJ — 11/8/2018 @ 5:35 pm

  5. Thugs are gonna thug.

    Has anyone discovered a coping strategy for this conundrum, besides “Get some thugs to thug on our behalf”?

    Comment by CayleyGraph — 11/8/2018 @ 6:45 pm

  6. Police and prisons, CayleyGraph. Police and prisons. That’s how civilized people “thug”.

    Comment by nk — 11/8/2018 @ 10:07 pm

  7. Police and prisons, CayleyGraph. Police and prisons. That’s how civilized people “thug”.

    Have you ever experienced having your thugging services provider fail to deliver?

    Comment by CayleyGraph — 11/9/2018 @ 7:35 am

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