Fox News 8 PM primetime host Tucker Carlson is in the national spotlight as he fends off various left-wing intrusions into his privacy and attacks on his family members.
Carlson is not backing down, pointing the blame at CNN. Though others are partly responsible too for the rash of violence and intimidation breaking out around the United States, CNN is broadcasting at such a high decibel of divisiveness that other cancerous media entities are getting drowned out.
Carlson issued a statement aimed at CNN’s Brian Stelter, who tried to downplay some of the horror and cast doubt on some of the official story surrounding an Antifa band congregating at Carlson’s private residence and frightening Carlson’s wife. The Antifa brigade included a former ThinkProgress employee and reportedly chanted “We know where you sleep at night” while facing Carlson’s front door.
Here is Tucker Carlson’s statement to Stelter: “CNN has repeatedly defended Antifa, and you are doing it again now. Your story is a disgusting attempt to minimize an attack on my family and bring more pain to my wife and four children. I’m not playing along. I hope you’re ashamed of yourself. You should be.”
A former employee of the uber left organization ThinkProgress, from which the leftist mainstream press takes its cues, is confirmed to have been involved in the harassment and threatening of Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson last week.
“Officers went to the home of Dylan Petrohilos, who was part of the protest and a former #J20 defendant (one of several people who faced charges after protesting on President Donald Trump’s inauguration day),” said Shadowproof.
Petrohilos is a former employee of ThinkProgress, per his verified Facebook page.
A post on his page said that he left the organization to venture out on his own.
If this is “progress,” perhaps America should re-think it.
The political left has confused legitimate protest with rioting. Petrohilos’ involvement in causing millions of dollars of property damage on inauguration was not “protest.” Nor was his involvement in trampling on Carlson’s lawn, nearly banging down his door, and threatening his life – all while Carlson’s wife hid in the pantry and called 911.
ThinkProgress is part of the Center For American Progress Action Fund (CAP), an organization deeply embedded within the Democratic Party. Hillary R. Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta, who also oversaw President Barack H. Obama’s transition to the presidency, is the former president of CAP. He stacked the Obama administration with CAP employees, and CAP even acted as spokespeople for Obama
Matt Yglesias, cofounder of Vox, formerly worked for CAP. He defended the rioters that turned up at Carlson’s house, saying that he “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 on any level.”
He also laid the blame for the incident squarely at the feet of President Donald J. Trump and Carlson himself.
“[T]he idea behind terrorizing [Carlson’s] family … is to make them feel some of the fear that the victims of MAGA-inspired violence feel thanks to the non-stop racial incitement coming from Tucker, Trump, etc.,” he said on Twitter.
Yglesias later deleted his entire Twitter feed.
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Appeals Court Refuses to Expunge Joe Arpaio’s Contempt Conviction After Presidential Pardon
A judge isn’t happy about the pardon.
A federal appeals court is refusing to expunge former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpario’s contempt of court conviction, after the sheriff was granted a presidential pardon by President Trump.
Such a legal move is rare if not unprecedented for the recipient of a presidential pardon. Usually federal and state court systems dismiss the convictions of people granted presidential pardon.
Arpaio was convicted of contempt of court in 2017 for refusing to change the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department’s practices after a judge mandated that the agency cease immigration raids.
Three judges of the liberal San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court upheld a ruling from a lower circuit court refusing to expunge the legal record of Arpaio’s conviction. The move sets new legal precedent for a recipient of a presidential pardon.
Arpaio was a frequent target of Eric Holder and the Obama administration, often coming under intense DOJ scrutiny for the practices of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department.
Arpaio ran for the United States Senate in 2018, coming in third in the Republican Primart behind Martha McSally and Kelli Ward. He’s now running for his old position as Maricopa County Sheriff once more at the ripe age of 87.
In any case, presidential pardons have traditionally resulted in dismissal of criminal convictions in federal and state courts. It’s hard to think of the 9th Circuit’s decision to maintain the conviction as anything more than a political slight to President Trump.
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