The progressive commentator and Vox co-founder Matty Yglesias has deleted his entire Twitter feed, on a day when conservatives sharply criticized his remarks about Tucker Carlson’s wife.
On Thursday, Yglesias took down every one of his tweets. By Friday morning, he had started tweeting again. One of his retweets seemed to explain what had happened: apparently one of Yglesias’s critics “doxxed” him by publishing his home address in a reply. Here’s what you see now, when you go to Yglesias’s Twitter page:
On Thursday, Yglesias tweeted, “I honestly cannot empathize with Tucker Carlson’s wife at all – I agree that protesting at her house was tactically unwise and shouldn’t be done — but I am utterly unable to identify with her plight at any level.” That tweet has been deleted, along with the others, but it survives in screenshots and in responses that Yglesias’s critics made to him online:
Yglesias was, of course, talking about the protest outside Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s home on Wednesday. Carlson’s wife Susan Andrews, who was home alone at the time, said she believed that she was experiencing a “home invasion” when the demonstrators banged on her door. The protesters, organized by Smash Racism DC, yelled, “Tucker Carlson, we will fight! We know where you sleep at night!” Video of the protest has since been taken down from social media. You can read more about Susan Andrews here.
Police Are Investigating the Incident at Tucker Carlson’s House as a Possible Hate Crime
The DC Metropolitan Police Department said that officers who were called to the Carlson home on Wednesday night found about 20 demonstrators and observed an “anarchy” symbol that had been painted onto the driveway. The police report describes the incident as a “suspected hate crime” on the basis of “anti-political” bias, according to the Associated Press.
Tucker Carlson’s wife, Susan Andrews, told police that on Wednesday evening she heard a “loud banging and pounding” on the front door. When she looked through a window, she saw a crowd of people standing in front of her home, chanting loudly. At least one of them was carrying a bull horn. Susan called the police and stayed inside until they arrived.
The protest was organized by Smash Racism DC. The group has since been banned from Twitter, because they gave out Yglesias’s home address.
Yglesias Said He Couldn’t Sympathize With Tucker Carlson’s Family Because They Aren’t the Real Victims
Unfortunately, you can’t read Matty Yglesias’s full argument any longer — because he’s taken down all his tweets. Only a few survive, because other people have tweeted on top of them. Yglesias argued that he really can’t sympathize with Susan Andrews, or with Tucker Carlson, because he believes that they aren’t the true victims. He wrote, “if your instinct is to empathize with the fear of the Carlson family rather than with the fear of his victims then you should take a moment to reflect on why that is.”
Yglesias took a lot of heat from people on social media who called his attitude towards Susan and Tucker “cruel” (some used harsher language).
Meanwhile, Fox News issued a statement about the protest outside of Tucker Carlson’s home. The statement, issued jointly by Suzanne Scott, CEO of FOX News and Jay Wallace the President of FOX News, reads
“The incident that took place at Tucker’s home last night was reprehensible. The violent threats and intimidation tactics toward him and his family are completely unacceptable. We as a nation have become far too intolerant of different points of view. Recent events across our country clearly highlight the need for a more civil, respectful, and inclusive national conversation. Those of us in the media and in politics bear a special obligation to all Americans, to find common ground.”