Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, a ratings leader in all of mainstream media cable news, has been a huge target for a number of his colleagues in the news business in the lead up to — and even after — Tuesday’s presidential election.
That was especially made apparent on Friday when former MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann posted a now-deleted tweet in which he bizarrely called for Carlson’s arrest, after erroneously accusing the Fox News star of calling for supporters of President Donald Trump to engage in street-level violence, according to Breitbart.
Olbermann, who spent 20 years as a sports anchor for ESPN, demanded Carlson be arrested after reacting to another Twitter post in which Carlson ran a clip of a Democrat operative who at one point claimed that given the percentage of gun ownership on the right, that Trump supporters could theoretically take to the streets.
“Again, this is an overt and unmistakable call for widespread violence and requires the arrest of Tucker Carlson,” Olbermann tweeted, before eventually deleting the message, presumably once he realized that the statement in question was not endorsed by Carlson, rather, it was simply a clip that he ran on his nightly show.
Keith Olbermann tried to delete his tweet calling for the arrest of Fox News host Tucker Carlson… pic.twitter.com/hQznGWNXBC
— WTHuston (@WTHuston) November 6, 2020
The clip that Carlson ran was that of former U.S. Army Colonel and Democrat operative Lawrence Wilkerson, who made the statement about Trump supporters taking to the streets on Bill Maher’s HBO show earlier this year.
“If Trump calls his base to the streets with their guns — his base owns something like 60 to 70% of the 300, 400 million guns in America. If they answer that call and come to the streets with guns, then we probably are going to have a need for the military. And then all bets are off as to how much blood might flow,” Wilkerson said at the time, according to The Wrap.
Carlson showed the clip of Wilkerson making the bombastic statement after he raised questions about a statement made by former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign this week that they wouldn’t hesitate to “escort” Trump from the White House if need be.
This is a clear-cut case of Olbermann — who has a history of making bizarre statements — not doing five minutes of homework before tweeting something outrageously false.
According to Fox News, Olbermann’s ridiculous call for Carlson’s arrest comes just a day after he called for Trump to be removed and arrested, while claiming that the president is a national security threat.