Tucker Carlson, Ann Coulter under fire for supporting Kenosha shooter

Carlson justified the 17-year-old's killing of two protesters and wounding of a third as an attempt to "maintain order."

People pass by a promo of Fox News host Tucker Carlson on the News Corporation building in New York, U.S., March 13, 2019 (photo credit: REUTERS/BRENDAN MCDERMID)
People pass by a promo of Fox News host Tucker Carlson on the News Corporation building in New York, U.S., March 13, 2019
(photo credit: REUTERS/BRENDAN MCDERMID)
Conservative political commentators Tucker Carlson and Ann Coulter have sparked backlash following comments made Wednesday in response to the shooting of three protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, by a 17-year-old boy.
The shooter, identified as Kyle Rittenhuose, is currently facing charges of first-degree intentional homicide after he killed two protesters and wounded a third Tuesday night during a series of protests sparked by the police shooting of Jacob Blake, CNN reported. The shooting was caught on video and went viral.
Speaking on Fox News, Carlson suggested that Rittenhouse's actions were an attempt to "maintain order" in a city in chaos, because "the authorities in charge of the city abandoned it" and "refused to enforce the law," and would rather "[stand] back and watch the city burn."
He then argued,  "so are we really surprised that looting and arson accelerated to murder?"
Right-wing commentator Coulter took to social media to voice her support of Rittenhouse, remarking in a tweet "I want him as my president," though this tweet has since been deleted.
In addition to the two commentators, former San Francisco Giants player Aubrey Huff tweeted that Kyle Rittenhouse "is a national treasure," though the tweet has also since been deleted.
Following these comments, all three found their names trending on social media, accompanied by a wave of backlash. Many over Twitter began calling for Fox News to fire Carlso, using the hashtag #FireTuckerCarlson. Actor John Cusack even suggested boycotting his show's sponsors, calling out Disney, Hulu and Amazon among others.
Some voices came to their defense, however. Notably, President Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., tweeted that the media is "willfully twisting Tucker Carlson's words to smear him."
"He never endorsed 'vigilante justice,'” Trump Jr. tweeted.
"He just pointed out that when 'leaders' cede control of our streets to the mob, it leads to heartbreaking consequences/tragedies like looting, anarchy & death."