No Defense

On Thursday, Nov. 8, there was an incident involving a group of ANTIFA protesters, an incident that I can’t and won’t defend. A group of 20 from an organization known as Smash Racism DC showed up at the home of Fox personality and pundit, Tucker Carlson. They carried signs with his home address, cracked his front door, blew bullhorns and vandalized his property via spray painting an anarchy sign on his driveway (Fieldstadt, NBC News). There is no defense for this. I will not equivocate on my opinion nor will I placate those who believe this is acceptable. Such acts are on abomination to the democratic principles that we as a nation are supposed to uphold and love.

There are those among us that will argue that we, as liberals should rejoice at this, but I am not one of them. Despite my innumerable objections to Tucker Carlson and his network’s handling of stories, the threat of violence only serves to make a martyr of him and those who support him. If you truly disagree with Carlson as I do, that is completely fine and warranted, but this group that calls itself “Smash Racism” does nothing to further the public good, only serving as the boogieman that Fox viewers will inevitably fear. Attacking his home and by extension, his family, does not show the strength in the face of political opposition, but rather, it serves as a sign of cowardice and weakness that should be reserved for the lowest of political hacks. I reject the fools who did this act, I reject those who support his idiocy and although I detest nearly everything Tucker Carlson has ever said, I will respect his right to say it.

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Conor J. Kelly is the Opinion Editor for the Lorian. He is a Staff Writer, and Political Science and History major.

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