In a confrontation that quickly went viral, a man from Montana told Fox News host Tucker Carlson, “You are the worst human being known to mankind. “
The man, identified on Instagram as Dan Bailey, posted video of the meeting at a sporting goods store on July 23.
He wrote: “It’s not every day that you tell someone that they are the worst person in the world and that they really mean it! What an asshole!
Carlson’s response is hard to hear in the 22-second video, but he appears to be politely trying to stop the man from speaking. At one point, he smiles for the camera. He also tries to continue browsing the goods.
Fox News’ most-watched host, a key influence on right-wing politics and slang, was recently criticized for questioning Covid-19 vaccines while refusing to say if he had one, and for stirring up racial division.
He’s also been the subject of a widely read New York Times column (“Tucker Carlson calls journalists’ animals. He’s also their best source”) and a Washington Post profile (“How Tucker Carlson has become the voice of white grievance ”).
The profile detailed how Carlson ridiculed his freshman teacher in a book – and reported his shock upon hearing it.
Comments on Bailey’s Instagram post were mostly complimentary, including applause, beer emojis, and sentiments like “American hero !!” ” and thank you!! “
His previous posts have included photos of a dog, hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities.
The showdown with Carlson took place at Dan Bailey’s Outdoor Co in Livingston, Montana, near Yellowstone National Park. The store said it was a coincidence that the man who confronted Carlson also appeared to be called Dan Bailey. He was not affiliated with the store, he said.
“To be clear, we treat every customer equally and with respect,” the store said. “Our staff were professional and cordial to Mr. Carlson, as we are to all of our clients. “
This isn’t the first time Carlson’s criticism has gone viral.
In 2004, comedian Jon Stewart appeared on Crossfire, a CNN show that Carlson co-hosted with Paul Begala, a Democratic political consultant. Stewart accused the pair of “hurting America” because their show presented itself as a political debate but was actually news-themed entertainment.
Stewart’s exchange with Carlson was particularly heated.
Carlson said, “I think you’re more fun on your show. Just my opinion. “
Stewart replied, “You know what’s interesting, though? You are as big cock on your show as you are on any show.