FOX audiences have long wondered whether former colleagues Gretchen Carlson and Tucker Carlson were at all related.
Gretchen left Fox News in 2016 after a long on-air career with the network.
Who is Gretchen Carlson?
Gretchen Carlson is a broadcast journalist, author, television personality, violinist and women’s rights advocate.
Carlson appeared as the host of numerous television programs including The Early Show on CBS News from 2002 to 2005, Fox News’ morning shows Fox & Friends from 2005 to 2013, and The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson on Fox News from 2013 to 2016.
In July 2016, Carlson filed a lawsuit against then Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes claiming sexual harassment.
As a result, dozens more women stepped forward with their own harassment claims against the media mogul.
In September 2016, Carlson and 21st Century Fox settled the lawsuit reportedly for $20 million and Carlson received a public apology.
She was one of the first high profile cases of the #MeToo movement.
Carlson was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People In The World in 2017 and she has authored several best-selling books.
Is Gretchen Carlson related to Tucker Carlson?
Despite their last names, Gretchen Carlson is of no relation to her former Fox co-host Tucker Carlson.
Tucker is a conservative television host and political commentator who has hosted the nightly political talk show Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News since 2016.
An advocate of former U.S. President Donald Trump, Carlson has been described by Politico as “perhaps the highest-profile proponent of ‘Trumpism’ and willing to criticize Trump if he strayed from it.”
As of 2021, Tucker Carlson Tonight is the second-most-watched cable news show in the United States.
A vocal opponent of progressivism, Carlson has been called a nationalist and a paleoconservative.
What did Tucker Carlson say about Maxine Walters?
Tucker Carlson claimed on April 20 that Rep. Maxine Waters is “guilty” of a greater incitement of violence than Donald Trump after she told activists to “get confrontational” if Derek Chauvin was acquitted.
Carlson made the remarks during a broadcast on Fox News in which he also branded the Democrat a “hypocrite” and a “supporter of mob violence for political ends.”
“Is Maxine Waters guilty of greater incitement than Donald Trump? Well, of course,” Carlson said, referencing the January 6 riots at the US Capitol.
“But that’s not the point. People like Maxine Waters don’t care if you point out that they’re hypocrites. They don’t care if you catch them lying. You’re wasting your breath when you point this out. They’re not ashamed, they never will be ashamed.”
The Fox News veteran continued: “So how do you respond to people like this? Well, the only thing you can do is tell the truth about who they are.
“Maxine Waters is someone who supports mob violence. She always has supported it … She believes in mob violence for political ends, that’s why she’s been calling for it for decades.”
Carlson’s comments come in response to remarks Waters made while speaking to the media during a demonstration against the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright, 20, in Minneapolis last weekend.
Waters told activists they needed to “get confrontational” if the former city police officer was found not guilty in his murder trial for the death of George Floyd.
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