Washington, D.C. police are investigating a self-described “anti-fascist” group for potential hate crimes related to a hostile demonstration it organized outside the home of Fox News personality Tucker Carlson Wednesday night.
Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department responded just after 6 p.m. to a call from Carlson’s wife, who was home alone when a mob of roughly 20 protesters appeared outside their home, chanting obscenities and demanding that Carlson leave town.
The protesters vandalized Carlson’s property, spray painting an anarchist symbol on his driveway and cracking his oak front door, according to police reports.
A brief video of the incident posted to Twitter by the self-described “anti-fascist” group Smash Racism DC shows one protester ringing Carlson’s door bell as others chant “Tucker Carlson, we will fight! We know where you sleep at night!”
Smash Racism DC initially posted Carlson’s address on Twitter, but the tweet was deleted shortly before the group’s entire account was suspended for violating the platform’s terms of service.
Carlson told the Washington Post Thursday that his wife was home alone when the protesters arrived and, fearing a home invasion, locked herself in their pantry.
“It wasn’t a protest. It was a threat,” Carlson said. “They weren’t protesting anything specific that I had said. They weren’t asking me to change anything. They weren’t protesting a policy or advocating for legislation. . . . They were threatening me and my family and telling me to leave my own neighborhood in the city that I grew up in.”
Fox News called the incident “reprehensible” in a Thursday statement.
“We as a nation have become far too intolerant of different points of view,” the statement said. “Recent events across our country clearly highlight the need for a more civil, respectful, and inclusive national conversation.”
Members of Smash Racism DC have previously targeted Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Homeland Kirstjen Nielsen, forcing them out of Washington, D.C. restaurants by screaming and invading their personal space in separate incidents.