The noble effort to eliminate sexual harassment has turned into “something dark and menacing,” Tucker Carlson warned Thursday, commenting on PBS host Tavis Smiley’s firing.
On his Fox News Channel program, Carlson said that Smiley’s politics are irrelevant to the charges being leveled against him:
"For what it's worth, Tavis Smiley has never said anything we agree with politically. But, that's not the point. The point is, what began as a noble effort to eliminate sexual harassment from American life, an effort we agree with vehemently, is rapidly turning into something dark and menacing.”
Carlson warned that allegations are now being made against innocent people to gain revenge and political power:
“Innocent people fear persecution and that's always the hallmark of a witch hunt. Others use allegation to settle scores or gain power and that’s the opposite of justice.”
But, it’s not just public figures who should be worried, Carlson said:
“The rest of the country looks on bewildered and afraid, unsure of what the new rules are, but certain of the punishment for violating them. It is grotesque.
“Imagine if you were accused by someone whose name you didn't know, of a misdeed you couldn't remember or didn't commit. How would you respond to that?”