After the ‘Ambush,’ Tucker Carlson’s advice to confront strangers wearing masks resurfaces.
After a video incident between Carlson and a client at an outdoor goods store was released on Instagram this spring, Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s call for Americans to confront mask-wearing individuals has reappeared.
Dan Bailey, who is seen in the video telling Carlson, “You are the worst human being,” posted it.
“It’s not every day you get to tell someone they are the worst person in the world and really mean it,” Bailey’s caption accompanying the video said. “This man has killed more people with vaccine misinformation, he has supported extreme racism, he is a fascist and does more to rip this country apart than anyone that calls themselves an American.”
On July 23, Bailey and Carlson had an altercation at Dan Bailey’s Outdoor Company in Livingston, Montana. The store issued a statement clarifying that the Dan Bailey in the video was not the same person who was named after the store.
“Coincidentally, the person engaging Mr. Carlson was a local resident named Dan Bailey. This person has no affiliation with our business, other than he shares the same name as our founder, who passed away in 1982,” the store’s statement said.
“To be clear, we treat every customer equally and respectfully,” the store added. “Our staff was professional and cordial to Mr. Carlson, as we are with all of our customers.”
When contacted for comment, a Fox News spokesperson said Bailey’s actions were “totally inexcusable.”
“Ambushing Tucker Carlson while he is in a store with his family is totally inexcusable — no public figure should be accosted regardless of their political persuasion or beliefs simply due to the intolerance of another point of view,” the spokesperson said.
Meghan McCain attacked Bailey for addressing Carlson in a tweet sent out Monday morning.
“If you think accosting a public figure while they’re shopping for fishing gear with their family on vacation is somehow accomplishing something or changing anyone’s hearts or minds – you’re a hypocrite and have totally lost the plot,” the conservative pundit and daughter of the late Arizona Senator John McCain tweeted.
Bailey’s review revived social media discussions about comments Carlson made in April about wearing masks in public. On the April 26 broadcast of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Carlson called on Americans to challenge those who continue to wear masks in a public space. Carlson said those who still wear masks do so not out of necessity but out of “political obedience.”
“The next time you see someone wearing a mask on the sidewalk or in the bike lane, don’t hesitate,” Carlson said. “Ask politely but firmly, ‘Would you please remove your mask?’ ‘ Science shows there’s no reason to wear it. Your mask makes me uncomfortable.'”
Carlson also suggested viewers challenge mask wearers until the practice is “as socially accepted as lighting a Marlboro in an elevator.”
“It’s repulsive,” Carlson said. “Don’t do it around other people. That’s the message we should be sending, because it’s true.