Tucker Carlson is receiving backlash for excusing Kenosha shooting suspect Kyle Rittenhouse’s actions. The 17-year-old is accused of killing two people during protests on Tuesday night, and Carlson seemed to justify it.
“Are we really surprised that looting and arson accelerated to murder,” Carlson said Wednesday night on his show. “How shocked are we that 17-year-olds with rifles decided they had to maintain order when no one else would?”
Carlson played a clip of the gunman firing at protesters on his show Wednesday as he made his comments. He stated that a court will decide whether Rittenhouse was acting in self-defense.
“We do know why it all happened though,” Carlson continued. “Kenosha has 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. They stood back and watched Kenosha burn.”
The FOX News host received widespread backlash on social media after he seemed to rationalize Rittenhouse’s alleged actions. “Fire Tucker Carlson Now” was a trending topic on Twitter on Thursday.
Tucker Carlson Backlash On Social Media
Many took to Twitter to voice their displeasure with the host’s comments, including Nikole Hannah-Jones, creator of The New York Times’ “1619 Project.”
Fred Guttenberg angrily responded to Carlson on Twitter for the show’s clip, because the incident struck a chord with him.
“My daughter was killed by an 18 year with an AR 15,” Guttenberg tweeted. “Just walked into her school. Tucker, you are a f***ing lunatic who will get people killed. I hope advertisers (drop) you immediately today. You should be removed for the safety of our kids.”
Others petitioned advertisers to remove ads from the “Tucker Carlson Tonight” show.
Robert Reich, who served as Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration, is holding more than just Carlson accountable.
Brian Tyler Cohen, a political podcast host, posted a list of Carlson’s advertisers. Cohen tagged companies in the tweet with hopes of bringing their attention to the matter.
Some companies, including T-Mobile and Papa John’s Pizza, removed their ads on Carlson’s show earlier this year. The companies disagreed with the host’s dismissive comments on the Black Lives Matters movement. Carlson warned his viewers that “they” will “come for you” which didn’t sit well with many.
However, Carlson isn’t the only FOX News host that has lost advertisements because of controversial statements. Sean Hannity lost ads from the likes of Cars.com and Peloton in 2017. And almost 20 companies pulled ads from Laura Ingraham’s show in 2018. They removed their ads after she mocked protests led by David Hogg, a 17-year old Parkland student.
[H/T CBS News]