CNN's Don Lemon rips man who confronted Tucker Carlson in public: 'Your First Amendment right doesn't mean invading my personal space'

CNN host Don Lemon defended Fox News' Tucker Carlson during a segment Tuesday night on "Don Lemon Tonight" after a man angrily accosted Carlson in a Montana fly fishing shop.

What's a brief history here?

Earlier this week, a video featuring a man who identified himself as Dan Bailey emerged.

Bailey shared the video to his Instagram page and captioned it, "It's not everyday you get to tell someone they are the worst person in the world and really mean it! What an a**hole! 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. #f***tuckercarlson[.]"

In the video, the man can be seen confronting the Fox News host as he was shopping for fishing gear with his family in Livingston, Montana.

In heated remarks, Bailey accused Carlson of being a fascist, supporting "extreme racism," and of killing people with what he said was "vaccine misinformation." He also vehemently insisted that Carlson was the "worst human being known to man."

Carlson kept his cool for his part and navigated away from Bailey into another area of the store.

Tucker Carlson Montana Video

What did Lemon say?

During the segment, Lemon argued that Bailey had no right to publicly accost Carlson and invade the Fox News host's "personal space."

"Let me tell you this," he began. "I don't like it. I don't like it when people do that because I would not want it to happen to me. I have mixed emotions because Tucker has done this to people before. Tucker said some really nasty things about me, and the next day there's paparazzi in front of my house hiding, taking pictures. ... We're all on TV, we've been approached. We hear good things, we hear bad things from people. We don't even know who they are; it's part of the gig. Don't you think this went a little too far though?"

CNN commentator and guest Ana Navarro responded that she believed Bailey's actions were right on the money — and argued that Bailey was simply exercising his First Amendment rights.

"Deal with it," she advised.

Lemon responded, "But I don't think that should happen to you, Ana. I don't think that should happen to [CNN anchor] Chris [Cuomo]. I don't think it should happen to me. ... Your First Amendment right doesn't mean invading my personal space, I'm sorry, Ana. I understand what you're saying and I get it. I think what Tucker says much, much of the time if completely reprehensible and divorced from reality, but he has a right to be in a space and not be accosted and not be ambushed by anyone."

Don Lemon defends Tucker Carlson after confrontation with stranger

Viral video shows man confront Tucker Carlson in fishing store — but it doesn't go as man hoped: 'Tucker wins again'

A video going viral on social media shows an enraged man confront Fox News host Tucker Carlson inside a outdoor equipment retail store, condemning Carlson as "the worst human being known to man."

What happened?

The enraged man, Dan Bailey, posted the video to Instagram showing the confrontation that happened on Friday.

"You are the worst human being known to man. I want you to know that," Bailey told Carlson. "What you have done to this state, to the United States, to everything else in this world. I don't care that your daughter's here. What you have done to everybody else in this world."

Carlson, who was laughing at Bailey, said, "Settle down, son."

Bailey shot back, "'Son?' Don't call me son!"

Carlson then walked away from Bailey, who continued to follow and berate the Fox News host.

"It's not everyday you get to tell someone they are the worst person in the world and really mean it! What an a**hole! 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," Bailey wrote in a video caption, adding the hashtag "#f***tuckercarlson."

What was the reaction?

While many people praised Bailey for his actions, just as many condemned him.

  • "This is pretty embarrassing but not for Tucker Carlson," Daily Wire editor Emily Zanotti said, to which Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) agreed, "true that."
  • "Tucker seemed polite, he's just laughing because he knows that this is a guy that shouldn't be taken seriously," one person said.
  • "Tucker remains composed when getting harassed just makes him look better," another person noted.
  • "The fly fishing guide should be ashamed for doing it, and you should be ashamed for celebrating it. These TV commentators, regardless of their political stances, shouldn't have to deal with this crap outside of work. They are still human beings, and they deserve better," another person said.
  • "Thanks for showing how this guy following Tucker around a store looks like a creep. Yikes!" one person noted.
  • "This is really embarrassing and not for Tucker Carlson," one person said.
  • "This makes me like Tucker more," another person said.
  • "Fat dude makes Tucker laugh. Democrats call weird things 'victory,'" one person mocked.
  • "You think that this confrontation that you created makes you look like a hero…. It reality you are an a**hole who harassed a guy who is wanting to shop for fishing gear," another person said.
  • "This is so god d**n embarrassing... Just not for @TuckerCarlson lol Imagine being this hysterical because someone has a different opinion to you," one person said.
  • "Tucker wins again," another person observed.

What did the outdoor store say?

The store where the confrontation happened, ironically named Dan Bailey's Outdoor Co., released a statement that distanced the store from the customer who confronted Carlson.

"On July 23rd, a well-known television personality, Tucker Carlson, was affronted while shopping at Dan Bailey's Outdoor Company," the statement began. "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."

"To be clear, we treat every customer equally and respectfully. Our staff was professional and cordial to Mr. Carlson, as we are with all of our customers," the statement added.

Liberals lash out at Chuck Todd for calling on President-elect Biden to keep his campaign promise

NBC political director and MSNBC host Chuck Todd was excoriated by many on the left on social media for asking if President-elect Joe Biden would be able to keep his promise on the coronavirus pandemic.

Todd made the comments Tuesday on "Meet the Press" after noting poll results that showed many Americans believed the country was divided and would remain so for many years.

"Let's be realistic, Biden's first and most crucial task is to vaccinate America, to fulfill that promise of 100 million vaccinations in his first 100 days," Todd said.

"The ultimate success or failure of his presidency may hinge simply on that one promise that he made and it might be his only way to begin immediately cauterizing America's social, economic, and political wounds," he continued.

"Let's put it this way, if Biden wants to succeed he has to fulfill that first vaccination promise," he concluded. "If Biden doesn't get it right, he will have failed on the job he was elected to do."

What was the reaction?

Many on the left rushed to social media to register their fury against Todd and MSNBC for continuing to keep him employed.

"For years I've been on this platform telling you about the lack of professionalism and lack of journalistic ethics in @chucktodd's daily broadcasts. A lot of you saw it today. But it's been happening for years and it is past time for @MSNBC to do something about it," said novelist Don Winslow.

For years I've been on this platform telling you about the lack of professionalism and lack of journalistic ethics…
— Don Winslow (@Don Winslow)1611098061.0

"If you agree that Chuck Todd is already a failure before Joe Biden is sworn in, then raise your hand," tweeted progressive activist Grant Stern.

"[C]huck todd, before biden is even sworn in... talking about his push for vaccines: 'if biden doesn't get it right, he will have failed in the job he was elected to do' i repeat: biden is not even sworn in yet," said liberal activist Oliver Willis.

"I've been trying to hold my tongue. But I'm done. F*** @chucktodd. That's what I said. F***. #ChuckTodd. Once more for the kids in the back: #F***CHUCKTODD!!!!" tweeted liberal actor Matt Walton.

Todd faced similar rancor from many on the left in July when he merely pointed out that the president had "turned a corner" on whether masks should be worn to help stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Here are the comments that enraged so many liberals:

Chuck: 'If Biden Wants To Succeed' Has To Fulfill First Vaccination Promise | MTP Daily |