Tucker Carlson, the host of a nightly Fox News program, has a tendency to ask tough questions about the 2016 presidential election.
But a Fox News anchor and the owner of a producer did not agree.
Fox News anchor and local reporter Geraldo Rivera criticized Carlson on Twitter on Tuesday morning in response to a takedown Carlson took during Monday night’s broadcast.
Carlson said the rally held by white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend was not a sign of progress.
The host, who hosted a town hall last month about the alt-right movement, on Monday said many of those protesting what they said was the violence at the anti-alt-right gathering were angry with Donald Trump because of his statements about the protests the previous weekend.
“It was a small, unifying demonstration, and the day before it was mentioned in that president’s comments,” Carlson said. “How that, the same criticism of the president that just started a week ago became hatred and violence, that’s very telling about the stakes. This is going to be an intensely watched question, and I think a lot of it will be driving Trump’s decision about who to pardon.”
The next morning, Rivera tweeted: “Tucker, you owe President Trump an apology for saying he has no comment on Charlottesville. @RealDonaldTrump had said he was condemning all racist groups. You did the bare minimum.”
He also told viewers: “Tucker, you are an apologist for white supremacy, and you should apologize to President Trump and others of his political stripes.”
Greenwald and Stein were wrong to state that never before in U.S. history has an elected American president “condemned all racists” … https://t.co/bGVUY1rG6J — Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) August 15, 2017
[email protected] you owe President Trump an apology for saying he has no comment on Charlottesville. @RealDonaldTrump had said he was condemning all racist groups. You did the bare minimum. — Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) August 15, 2017
You are an apologist for white supremacy, and you should apologize to President Trump and others of his political stripes. — Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) August 15, 2017
Carlson has not publicly responded to Rivera’s tweets, but he did address the situation when speaking to Fox News’ Laura Ingraham on Tuesday morning.
“Look, I came from a very privileged background, and before I did this interview I watched in amazement as the host of the town hall did what was every bit as thorough a job as you,” Carlson said. “If these people had not been there, that would have been it. I wasn’t hoping that they’d object to my questions, I was hoping that I’d respect their views.”
Carlson said he has “no basis for dispute” with Rivera, but added: “This is a national security issue. This is a test of our country. It’s not like it happened in one weekend, it happened all through the election. We’re trying to understand what that means in terms of our ability to do this presidency justice.”
Carlson will continue to do his program on Tuesday night, however. A Fox News spokesman said the network “has no comment.”