On January 6, Republican insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol, forcing Congress to go into lockdown and leaving many lawmakers fearful for their safety.
Prosecutors have now charged over 100 of the Trump-supporting rioters—some who expressed their intent "to capture and assassinate elected officials"—showing people like Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York were in legitimate danger.
Ocasio-Cortez spoke about her experiences in an Instagram live video, in which she said:
"Many of us, nearly and narrowly escaped death."
Fox News Host Tucker Carlson, however, responded to the Congresswoman's video with an incendiary segment on his program, in which he repeatedly mocked her for fearing the threats against her life.
Ocasio-Cortez—who has described Carlson as a "White supremacist sympathizer"—has not responded to Carlson's tirade.
But Twitter spoke out against the Fox host in no uncertain terms.
Forget awful politics, this is just vile and vicious https://t.co/3J44CofHCM— Mehdi Hasan (@Mehdi Hasan)1610688798.0
It’s also sheer hypocrisy - Carlson famously made a song and dance on his show about an ‘attack’ on his home and hi… https://t.co/Qu4Se3MG4n— Mehdi Hasan (@Mehdi Hasan)1610688913.0
Carlson—who recently described a crowd of people chanting outside his own home as "life-threatening"—called Ocasio-Cortez a "vacuous little totalitarian moron."
"When the most harrowing thing in life is pass freshman sociology at Boston University, every day is a brand new drama. Sandy's heart is still beating fast. But she likes the cops now, despite the fact they're White supremacists. What a difference a day makes."
Mind you, Tucker just a few months ago was taking at face value the McCloskeys' claims that BLM protesters were goi… https://t.co/f7nLs6TMmr— Justin Baragona (@Justin Baragona)1610673757.0
Many online pointed out Carlson's repeated attacks against lawmakers like Ocasio-Cortez likely helped inspire the violence which he now dismisses so easily.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson dismissively mocked Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) for describing her experience… https://t.co/l4UBAAWzRJ— tannagirl (@tannagirl)1610683966.0
The infuriating thing about this is Carlton's dismissing fears that are completely valid BECAUSE *he* keeps making… https://t.co/A5XSty7cvD— Schooley (@Schooley)1610687029.0
Tucker Carlson mocks Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for saying she "narrowly escaped death" from an insurrectionist riot:… https://t.co/0JLF4xX8jW— Justin Baragona (@Justin Baragona)1610673294.0
Twitter called Carlson out for his eagerness to play the victim.
remember when tucker carlson said his family was almost murdered by antifa, and all that actually happened was a fe… https://t.co/XQrv1fnDfk— Bobby Lewis (@Bobby Lewis)1610702572.0
Tucker also claimed that his family's life was threatened by far-left protesters when they knocked on his door, cla… https://t.co/PrFkyYOBsW— Justin Baragona (@Justin Baragona)1610673916.0
MEANWHILE, as Tucker mockingly dismissed AOC's fears over the insurrectionist mob, the DOJ said in a court filing t… https://t.co/4yxiq9Q5hM— Justin Baragona (@Justin Baragona)1610720957.0
It seems there is no limit to the things Carlson will attack Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over.
Whether she's trying to pass legislation or having her life threatened, Carlson finds a reason to cast her as the villain.
@justinbaragona I remember watching Jon Stewart call him a dick live on Crossfire in 2004 and it may have been the… https://t.co/76rizcOKQQ— Jennifer S. (@Jennifer S.)1610675791.0
Tucker Carlson and Fox have spent 2 years whipping their viewers into a murderous frenzy against anything @AOC or… https://t.co/vSO2lXnCmZ— John Iadarola (@John Iadarola)1610728142.0
Carlson also jabbed at Ocasio-Cortez for calls to "defund the police" while relying on the police to protect her from armed insurrectionists, ignoring the specific details of the Congresswoman's proposals for police reform.
@Mediaite Apparently, he’s never been in a real life or death situation.— ⚜️ Dirty Ginger ⚜️ (@⚜️ Dirty Ginger ⚜️)1610687297.0
Never tell Tucker Carlson a story of being in actual danger—it seems he's more likely to make fun of you than to sympathize. But if you chant outside his house, he'll run and hide.