A couple of hours before Fox News host Tucker Carlson was set to appear on his Wednesday evening show, he was informed of a crowd outside of his home, knocking violently, and attempting to break in.
Upon hearing the news, Carlson called his wife who was at home fearful of her life, the Washinton Post reports:
“I called my wife,” Carlson told The Washington Post in a phone interview. “She had been in the kitchen alone getting ready to go to dinner and she heard pounding on the front door and screaming. … Someone started throwing himself against the front door and actually cracked the front door.”
His wife, thinking it was a home invasion, locked herself in the pantry and called 911, Carlson said. The couple have four children, but none were home at the time.
But it wasn’t a home invasion. It was a protest.
According to now-deleted social media posts shared by Smash Racism DC, a local anti-facist organization whose members have been tied to other demonstrations against prominent Republican figures, activists showed up outside Carlson’s home Wednesday and they had a message for him.
“Tucker Carlson, we are outside your home,” one person could be heard saying in the since-deleted video. The person, using a bullhorn, accused Carlson of “promoting hate” and “an ideology that has led to thousands of people dying.”
“We want you to know, we know where you sleep at night,” the person concluded, before leading the group to chant, “Tucker Carlson, we will fight! We know where you sleep at night!”
According to the report, the crowd consisted of about 20 people trying to forcefully enter the home.
USA Today reports the group was Antifa-affiliated and has been suspended from Twitter:
An Antifa angry mob gathered outside of Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson’s home on Wednesday evening.
The anti-fascists group, possibly associated with Smash Racism D.C., chanted “Tucker Carlson, we will fight. We know where you sleep at night” outside of Carlson’s Washington home, according to Fox News. In a video posted online, the group can also be heard saying, “Racist scumbag, leave town!”
Carlson’s wife, Susie, was home alone at the time. He told Fox she locked herself into a pantry and called police.
The host of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” said the group broke his oak door and one person mentioned a pipe bomb, as heard on a security video.
Carlson was stunned by the news and said he never thought that his show would lead to such volatility.
“Here’s the problem, I have four children,” Carlson said, per the report. “I never thought twice about leaving them home alone, but this is the reaction because this group doesn’t like my TV show.”