Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) shared a threatening voicemail he obtained from a viewer of Tucker Carlson’s Fox News present during which the caller spewed racist, homophobic and sexist epithets and talked concerning the lawmaker and his household being chopped up and fed to canine.
“Tucker attacks me. His fans respond with threats to kill my family. And Tucker knows exactly what he’s doing,” he mentioned.
Speaking Friday to MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace, Swalwell mentioned this specific risk — out of the a whole lot he receives — was totally different as a result of the caller in the beginning of the message “identified that he had just” watched Carlson’s present.
Swalwell mentioned he’d “personally, eyeball-to-eyeball” and by way of textual content message requested Carlson to not lie about him on his broadly watched present due to the sinister threats that always resulted. In July, Swalwell declined to name Carlson or seem on his program, drawing the TV persona’s ire.
Carlson has not commented on the voicemail. But Swalwell instructed the Fox host “knows his followers will be inspired and radicalized and aim their vitriol at whoever he is attacking that day.”
“I think in a sick way (Carlson) derives pleasure” from realizing his viewers will act on his phrases, the California Democrat added.