‘How are you going to protect the country?’: Carlson questions Trump actions on Floyd protests
Fox News prime-time host Tucker Carlson laid into President Trump for his handling of the protests that have occurred in more than a dozen cities after the death of George Floyd.
On his show Monday, Carlson questioned Trump’s response to the protests in Washington, D.C., in particular, wondering aloud how “hard” he’s trying after noting that a Fox News reporter was berated and attacked by protesters near the White House over the weekend.
“What about the president? Where was he during all of this?” he asked before airing the footage of Leland Vittert and his crew getting attacked.
“That was in Lafayette Square in the center of our capital city,” Carlson explained. “The tape raised a troubling question. If you can’t keep a Fox News correspondent from getting attacked directly across the street from your house, how can you protect my family? How are you going to protect the country? How hard are you trying?”
The Fox News host went on to note that the president took to Twitter the morning after Vittert and his crew were attacked and touted Secret Service’s ability to keep the first family safe in the confines of the White House.
“On Twitter the next morning, the president reassured America that he and his family were just fine. The federally funded body guards have kept them safe. He did not mention protecting the rest of the nation, much of which was then on fire. He seemed aware of only of himself,” he continued.
Carlson said that the president’s response was “a distressing moment” for those who support him, while also taking shots at the president’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner.
“Jared Kusher, for one, has made that point out loud. No one has more contempt for Donald Trump’s voters than Jared Kushner does,” he said.
As the protests over Floyd’s death in police custody continue, President Trump has increasingly sought to use “law and order” to ensure people’s protection. More than a dozen states and the District of Columbia have activated the National Guard in an effort to control the protests.
A white police officer, Derek Chauvin, used his knee to apply pressure to Floyd’s neck to keep him pinned down. He held the unarmed black man accused of a forged $20 in that position for about nine minutes until he was unresponsive and he was later pronounced dead. Chauvin has been arrested and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The other officers involved have been fired but not charged.