The host criticized the president’s handling of demonstrations sweeping the country, and laid into his son-in-law and adviser over how to respond.
Tucker Carlson, the Fox News host, expressed dismay at President Donald Trump’s leadership on Monday, criticizing the president’s handling of mass protests that have engulfed cities across the country and singling out an influential member of his family.
Carlson, who often uses his show to ardently defend the president and attack Trump’s foes, lambasted the nation’s leaders across the political spectrum for letting protests get out of hand. He also went after Jared Kushner, saying “no one has more contempt” for the president’s supporters than Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser. He accused Kushner of breaking starkly from Trump’s platform and talking Trump out of taking decisive actions.
Demonstrations have sprung up across the country after the death of George Floyd, a black Minnesota man who died after a white police officer used his knee to push Floyd’s neck into the ground and held the position for several minutes.
Protesters in Washington have since repeatedly gathered in Lafayette Square, across from the White House, facing off with heavily armed law enforcement officers. A Fox News reporter was also chased out of the area by protesters, which Carlson vehemently condemned.
Amid heated altercations between protesters and the Secret Service and local police, the White House temporarily went on partial lockdown last week, and Trump reportedly took shelter in a White House bunker.
“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?” Carlson said on his show. “How are you going to protect the country? How are you trying?”
He continued: “On Twitter the next morning, the president reassured America that he and his family were just fine. The federally funded bodyguards had kept them safe. He did not mention protecting the rest of the nation, much of which was then on fire. He seemed aware only of himself.”
Trump and Kushner weren’t Carlson’s only targets on his Monday show. The Fox News host took broad swipes at state and local leaders, as well, for supporting the protesters. Though many elected officials have spoken in support of demonstrators’ demands for racial justice, several cities have imposed curfews with additional force from the National Guard.
Carlson said Trump’s reelection was at risk unless he shored up his response to the protests.
“The first requirement of leadership is that you watch over the people in your care,” Carlson said. “Donald Trump is the president. Presidents save countries, and that’s their job and that’s why we hire them. It’s that simple.”
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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