WASHINGTON, D.C. — An Antifa group which has targeted politicians in Washington, D.C., notably Texas Senator Ted Cruz in a D.C. restaurant recently, targeted FOX News Host Tucker Carlson's home Wednesday night.
A mob of members of the left-wing Antifa group approached Tucker Carlson's home Wednesday night while he was not there. Only his wife and four children were home at the time. The group started chanting, "no borders, no wall, no USA at all!", which then progressed to, “racist scumbag, leave town!” and “Tucker Carlson, we will fight! We know where you sleep at night!”
Members of the group posted what they were doing live on Twitter under the hashtag #KnockKnockTucker.
(This tweet is not from the Antifa group, but from a contributor with Carlson's website, The Daily Caller)
Members of the group then wrote Carlson's address on a piece of paper, taped it to his front door, and posted a picture of it, and of the house online.
SmashRacism DC claimed on Twitter that it was targeting Carlson because, “Every night you spread fear into our homes- fear of the other, fear of us, and fear of them. Each night you tell us we are not safe. Tonight you’re reminded that we have a voice. Tonight, we remind you that you are not safe either.”
It called Carlson a “fear monger”, and, “Tucker Carlson has been spewing nonstop hate and lies about the migrant caravan. He also has close ties to white supremacists.”
The group apparently timed its arrival for the airing of the FOX News Host's show, likely anticipating he would not be home.
SmashRacismDC's Twitter account was suspended, but only after several hours of complaints that Carlson's home and address were being displayed, along with threats like, “we know where you sleep at night” and “tonight, we remind you that you are not safe either.”
Despite previous confrontations and similar threats against individuals during the past few months, Twitter had not suspended the group before Thursday.
The group first gained attention in late September during Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings, when its members harassed Senator Cruz and his wife as they ate dinner.
While the media labeled (and continues to label them) as "protesters", many expressed concern Thursday that groups like these should not be placed in the same category as they promote violence, harassment and other criminal activity in the name of one political side.
Of the September confrontation with Senator Cruz, the group wrote on its Twitter account:
p1. No—you can’t eat in peace—your politics are an attack on all of us. You’re votes are a death wish. Your votes are hate crimes.
Tonight Senator Ted Cruz arrived at Fiola, an upscale restaurant mere steps from the White House, to enjoy a hearty Italian dinner.
The group then added another threat:
p6. This is a message to Ted Cruz, Bret Kavanaugh, Donald Trump and the rest of the racist, sexist, transphobic, and homophobic right-wing scum: You are not safe. We will find you. We will expose you. We will take from you the peace you have taken from so many others.
Despite those threats, Twitter, which is under fire for immediately suspending many Conservative accounts which had not made any kind of threats.
Many are calling for federal investigations of the incidents, especially Wednesday night, which may violate Federal Law (releasing personal information about an individual for the purpose of putting that person at risk of violence and/or harassment).