After left-wing agitators protested and vandalized the home of a Fox News host — an incident police are investigating as a hate crime — a top civil-rights attorney says Democratic leaders like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama must speak out against political intimidation.
“I want to hear Hillary Clinton condemn this — I want to hear Barack Obama condemn this,” Harvard Law Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz told the Herald.
The wife of Fox host Tucker Carlson hid in a closet Wednesday night and called police to the home after a small crowd of protesters broke the Carlsons’ door, chanting, “Tucker Carlson, we will fight. We know where you sleep at night. … You are not safe.”
Carlson has been a supporter of President Trump and his policies. The cops, who didn’t make any arrests but confiscated signs, list the incident as a “suspected hate crime” on the basis of “anti-political” bias.
First Amendment lawyer Harvey Silverglate said, “Some people love to wear the banner of diversity and inclusion, but they only support diversity for people who agree with them.”
A group calling itself “Smash Racism DC” — self-described as an “Antifa,” or anti-fascist, leftist group — wrote on Facebook that Carlson spreads “fear into our homes,” according to Fox News.
“Each night you remind us that we are not safe. Tonight, we remind you that you are not safe either,” the group wrote.
Some defended the Antifa actions, including liberal journalist Matt Yglesias, who said he “cannot empathize” with Carlson’s wife, tweeting, “I think the idea behind terrorizing his family, like it or not as a strategy, is to make them feel some of the fear that the victims of MAGA-inspired violence feel thanks to the non-stop racial incitement coming from Tucker, Trump, etc.”
In recent months, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Republican Sen. Ted Cruz were all either refused service or berated by protesters in D.C.-area restaurants.
“The hard left often doesn’t understand the difference between criminal acts and legitimate protest,” Dershowitz said.
Herald wire services contributed to this report.