Even in Montana

Scene: a sporting goods store in Montana. A guy spots Tucker Carlson and gets in his face.

In a confrontation that swiftly went viral, a Montana man told Fox News host Tucker Carlson: “You are the worst human being known to mankind.”

The man, identified on Instagram as Dan Bailey, posted the video of the encounter in a sporting goods store on 23 July.

Fox News’s most-watched host, a key influence on rightwing politics and invective, has recently come under fire for questioning vaccines against Covid-19 while refusing to say if he has had one, and for stoking racial division.

“Questioning vaccines” is putting it politely. Really what he’s doing is encouraging people not to get them, and to tell everyone else not to get them. During a pandemic.

In a statement, Fox News said: “Ambushing Tucker Carlson while he is in a store with his family is totally inexcusable – no public figure should be accosted regardless of their political persuasion or beliefs simply due to the intolerance of another point of view.”

Nonsense. Some public figures should be confronted, and Tucker Carlson is way high up on that list. Vaccinations are not just a “point of view,” they’re life and death. Tucker Carlson is literally telling people to die and to encourage others to die. Yes, he deserves to be embarrassed and irritated in a sporting goods store.

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