Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez celebrated the firing of Tucker Carlson on Monday, saying that it was a sign that “good things can happen.”
Carlson, the host of Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” was fired on Sunday after the network settled a $787 million defamation lawsuit with Dominion Voting Systems. Dominion sued Carlson in 2021, alleging that he defamed the company by spreading false claims about the 2020 presidential election.
Ocasio-Cortez, a progressive Democrat from New York, tweeted on Monday that she was “happy” to see Carlson fired.
“Good things can happen when we hold people accountable for their lies,” she wrote.
Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet was met with mixed reactions from her followers. Some praised her for speaking out against Carlson, while others criticized her for celebrating his firing.
“I don’t like Tucker Carlson, but I don’t think he should be fired,” one person tweeted. “Freedom of speech is important, even if we don’t agree with what someone is saying.”
“I’m glad Tucker Carlson was fired,” another person tweeted. “He was spreading dangerous lies that could have led to violence.”
The firing of Tucker Carlson is a significant development in the ongoing battle over misinformation and disinformation in the United States. Carlson is one of the most popular and influential voices on the right, and his show has been a major platform for spreading false claims about the 2020 election and other issues.
“FOX News Media and Tucker Carlson have agreed to part ways,” Fox News said in a statement. “We thank him for his service to the network as a host and prior to that as a contributor.”
“Mr. Carlson’s last program was Friday April 21st” the statement continued. “Fox News Tonight will air live at 8 PM/ET starting this evening as an interim show helmed by rotating FOX News personalities until a new host is named.”
Take a look at AOC’s post:
AOC celebrates the exit of Tucker Carlson, saying: “Deplatforming works and it is important!” pic.twitter.com/vqI7Uy1ZUI
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