In case you haven't seen it, there is a video going around the Internet of Fox News' Tucker Carlson arguing with a Teen Vogue reporter named Lauren Duca about her response to a certain Ivanka Trump incident.
In the video, Carlson goes after Duca -- for the fact that she writes for a teen magazine, for the fact that she writes about fashion, and for just about everything else he can think of -- in order to avoid discussing Donald Trump. Duca holds her own, but (as is often the case) she can't overpower an aggressive Fox host trying to push his narrative.
You can watch the exchange here:
The frightening thing about this situation is that Trump supporters all over the country have come out of the woodwork to attack Duca, and they are threatening rape and violence to shut her up.
This is the new world of Trumpism -- a world in which views are silenced not by an intelligent counter-argument but by an angry mob. Trump has built up a level of hatred and anger amongst his followers that even he can no longer control (not that he's trying). And now, every time someone goes out and makes an anti-Trump comment, the angry masses pile on.
We saw the same thing happen to the professor who made statements about Trump's attacks on the LGBTQ community: she is now in hiding because of threats on her life. We saw the same thing happen to writers who dared to speak about the white supremacist rhetoric spouted at Trump rallies. And we have seen it countless other times.
As journalists, we are coming upon a time when it's no longer safe to exercise our first amendment rights, and that's exactly how they want it. The far right loves fascist strongmen, and fascist strongmen invariably quash all dissent. It may start with a few tweets and an angry mob, but eventually the government becomes the angry mob -- and by that time, it's too late.
As we start down this terrifying path, it's important to remember the immortal words of Pastor Martin Niemoller: First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out... They have already come for the immigrants, and the Muslims, and now, Lauren Duca.
It's time for all journalists to speak out -- because at some point, they will be coming for us too.