Fox hosts spit fire over release of arsonist who allegedly torched tree: How is this not a hate crime?

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Fox News various hosts and contributors are irate over not only the actions of the “psycho,” “lunatic” and “bastard” suspect who set fire to the network’s Christmas tree, but also over the fact that he’s already been released from jail.

The suspect, Craig Tamanaha, was allowed to walk Wednesday evening, less than 24 hours after the burning of the Christmas tree outside the network’s New York City headquarters, because apparently arson isn’t a crime worthy of bail in the liberal utopia.

Regarding the crime itself, Fox News host Tucker Carlson described it late Wednesday on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” as a “hate crime” against Christianity.

“A Christmas tree is a symbol. It’s a symbol of a specific culture. It’s a symbol of a much loved tradition hundreds of years old. But above all, it’s a symbol of a religion, in this case the world’s largest religion. Torching Christmas trees is an attack on Christianity, obviously. By current standards, destroying someone’s religious symbol would be called a hate crime,” he said.


Pushing back on this the following morning on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” co-host Steve Doocy noted that apparently, it’s not a hate crime.

“Here’s the thing. In New York, under the new liberal bail reform policies, arson is only a felony. You can only be held if it’s a felony if the suspect tries to harm a person or commit a hate crime. And apparently lighting a Christmas tree on fire is not a hate crime,” he said.

This prompted co-host Brian Kilmeade to ask, “Who says it’s not a hate crime against us, against Fox News?”

People on the left. To them, the sharing of dissenting views by Fox News is the real hate crime, not the burning of the tree:

Picking up from what he’d left off, Doocy continued, “Here’s what we do know: According to the New York Post, which is co-owned with us, that Christmas tree was half a million dollars. So this guy torches a half-a-million dollars worth of property, and he gets to walk.”

“I mean, you know we’ve been talking about in California, about how you can steal up to a thousand dollars worth of stuff and you won’t wind up in jail. Here apparently, you can torch half a million dollars worth of property and you walk. He’s out and about this morning. It’s unbelievable.”

According to Kilmeade, the suspect could have even beaten somebody up and still most likely been released.

“Two days ago, a guy gets beat up by some lunatic. They let him out, and then he just he beats up two women the next day. And then they let him out again,” he said.

This is true:

As angry as the hosts sounded, they were even angrier Wednesday morning, only hours after the arson had occurred. At the time, Kilmeade called the suspect a “psycho” and “lunatic,” while co-host Ainsley Earhardt said straight-up that she was “so mad” over the suspect’s attack on Christmas.

“It’s a tree that unites us, that brings us together. It’s about the Christmas spirit. It’s about the holiday season. It’s about Jesus. It’s about Hanukkah. It’s about everything we stand for as a country, freedom and being able to worship the way you want to worship,” she said.

Doocy meanwhile excoriated the liberal utopia of NYC for predictably devolving into a hellhole.

“This city has gone south when it comes to safety. We don’t feel safe when we come to work in the morning. We don’t feel safe when we go home at night,” he said.

“Through the years … hundreds of thousands of tourists have come to New York City to celebrate the Christmas season, and they walk up and down Fifth Avenue and our street, Sixth Avenue. They look at the lights, and today there are no lights because somebody burnt down our Christmas tree.”


Later that afternoon on Fox News’ “Outnumbered,” Lisa Kennedy noted that the network is rebuilding the tree (its grand re-launch is scheduled for Thursday evening) and cheekily invited the “bastard” suspect to come take a look.

“Here at Fox, the tree means so much to people because we have these incredible red, white and blue decorations, which is a nod to not only the season, but also this incredible country that we live in,” she said.

“And I will tell you this: We’re gonna build the tree. The tree will be back in no time. It is going to be beautiful and massive and it is going to mean even more than it did before. So come see us, come celebrate, you firebug little bastard. You’re not going to keep us down.”


Vivek Saxena


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