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Truth be told, Tucker Carlson is no stranger to controversy. From slamming Democrats about Trump stealing mailboxes to calling Anthony Fauci a ‘fraud,’ Carlson is undaunted about being outspoken and fueling conversation and backlash.
This time, when the Fox News host weighed in on his Wednesday night show, he defended the teen who is now charged with shooting and killing two Kenosha protesters, wounding a third. Things got a little heated on Twitter. Carlson’s video post sparked immediate calls across Twitter to “Fire Tucker Carlson.”
In this post, Carlson backed the 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse who was arrested and charged with first-degree intentional homicide, saying that he “decided to maintain order when no one else would.”
“Those in charge, from the governor on down, refused to enforce the law,” Carlson tweeted. “They’ve stood back and watched Kenosha burn. Are we really surprised that looting and arson accelerated to murder?”
Carlson continued his defense of Rittenhouse on his Fox News show.
“How shocked are we that 17-year-olds with rifles decided that the had to maintain order when no one else would?” Carlson said. “Everyone can see what was happening in Kenosha. It was getting crazier by the hour.”
Carlson’s comments came on the heels of NBA players who boycotted their playoff games after the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha over the weekend, according to Variety.
Several noted celebrities weighed in on Carlson’s post, stating that Carlson was “advocating for murder.” Entertainment execs and high-profile figures including John Cusack, Julie Klausner, and Andrew Zimmern called for Carlson to be fired. Even Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich echoed those sentiments, tweeting that Fox “is complicit in Tucker Carlson’s racist, murderous rants,” if they take no action against him.
Both Ann Coulter and a former San Francisco Giants player Aubrey Huff also defended the 17-year-old suspect Wednesday. Coulter tweeted about Rittenhouse, “I want him as my president.”