Carlson Calls Gay Bashing Characterization “Absurd and An Insult”


By Chris Ariens Comment

FishbowlNY says the Sen. Larry Craig story is the gift that just keeps on giving. Just ask MSNBC’s Tucker Carlson.

If you’ve seen the clip on FishbowlNY, here is Carlson’s response, emailed to TVNewser this afternoon.

“Let me be clear about an incident I referred to on MSNBC last night: In the mid-1980s, while I was a high school student, a man physically grabbed me in a men’s room in Washington, DC. I yelled, pulled away from him and ran out of the room. Twenty-five minutes later, a friend of mine and I returned to the men’s room. The man was still there, presumably waiting to do to someone else what he had done to me. My friend and I seized the man and held him until a security guard arrived.”

“Several bloggers have characterized this is a sort of gay bashing. That’s absurd, and an insult to anybody who has fought back against an unsolicited sexual attack. I wasn’t angry with the man because he was gay. I was angry because he assaulted me.”

Tucker Carlson