Fox News Host Eboni K. Williams receives death threats after airing a segment criticizing Trump earlier this week.
Fox News host Eboni K. Williams came under fire after criticizing Trump over his response to the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend that resulted in one woman’s death and 19 people injured.
Williams, a black woman, explained to Fox viewers during her “Eboni’s Docket” segment on “The Fox News Specialists” that she had initially reserved judgement on Trump. But, after his response to Charlottesville, she could no longer remain silent, adding that she will no longer give him the benefit of the doubt.
She went on to blast Trump for deciding that “[his] portion of the base that is absolutely racist is so significant, so valuable that [he] hesitates even in the face of blatant, flagrant hatred to risk turning them off and thereby crippling [his] political stronghold,” adding that Trump’s actions were an attempt to appease his base over “perceived depreciation of the intrinsic value of whiteness in this country.”
Williams told entertainment magazine Variety in a Wednesday interview “that her personal website, which usually receives an average of 10-15 emails after each segment, was inundated with over 150 emails, only three of which were anything other than ‘seething, scathing’ takedowns.”
“I should meet my maker soon, I shouldn’t be allowed to walk the streets of New York,” she cited as some examples of the type of comments she received. “They heard that I live in Harlem — Harlem needs to watch out.” Her book publisher became so concerned that he asked her to request additional security from Fox News, which she did — Williams is now escorted to and from the building when she arrives to work.
Continuing her interview, she also talked about a now-deleted Tuesday retweet by Trump of a cartoon of a train hitting a CNN reporter:
When you don’t speak out and condemn, that’s tacit compliance in my book. So whether President Trump approves of it actually, or actually wants it, I think is irrelevant because what we know is that these people think they are acting on behalf of the President of the United States.
Pointing that while Trump’s “typical and unfortunately expected” retweet was protected speech, she added that:
It flies in the face of what I hoped would be a better day post-Congressman Steve Scalise’s shooting, where for two seconds, everybody said, ‘Let’s do better, let’s do better, we can disagree, but let’s stop with the violent political rhetoric,’ and, really, what becomes violent political action.
Williams also restated her belief from her “Eboni’s Docket” report that Trump supporters will never turn against him which would actually allow him to speak out against white supremacy and Nazism:
I truly believe what he said, that he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and they will stand by him. So I think that empowers him to actually forcefully reject and speak directly to the fears and the anger that’s driving this level of violence and white supremacy and Nazism, I think he can actually speak it down in an aggressive way and they will still support him.
You can watch her “Eboni’s Docket” report below: