Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s continuous on-air attacks on her “targeted, libelous harassment” this week after Carlson dedicated an entire segment of his show on Friday to mocking the New York congresswoman.
“I genuinely want to know why Tucker Carlson is allowed/paid to engage in clear, targeted, libelous harassment that endangers people & drives so many violent threats that ppl have to fundraise for their own safety,” AOC Tweeted on Saturday. “Why should they have to pay for his harassment? Make it make sense.”
On Carlson’s segment about AOC, he discussed an old video the congresswoman posted on Instagram, saying it sounded like “an invitation to a booty call,” and referred to her as a “rich, entitled white lady.” Ocasio-Cortez is Puerto Rican.
AOC says Carlson’s repeated attacks on her are fueling death threats against her. “It’s not within the realm of political commentary, & it’s not just me. He regularly targets people that do not have access to resources for protection. Once he gets to fantasizing about ‘booty calls’ of women on national TV I cease to see the political value outside of incitement.”
AOC’s comments about Carlson are similar to those of Hillary Clinton, who said last week the Fox News attacks on her were reaching the legal threshold of “actual malice,” after which she could sue for defamation.
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