At one level, campaigns for the highest office in the land are waged with carefully crafted position papers and lofty, reasoned arguments aimed at persuading the highest intellects of the virtues of one candidate or another.
But in American politics, things at the grassroots are a lot more emotional.
This was proven Saturday morning when, during a segment of Fox and Friendsdevoted to the apolitical subject of a charity event to benefit dogs in an animal shelter, a young man appeared behind hosts Tucker Carlson, Abby Huntsman and Ed Henry as they appeared live on a Manhattan street.
The young man first checked to be sure he could be seen by the camera, flipped his red tie over his right shoulder, and stepped up on a railing as he unbuttoned his shirt to reveal a T-shirt underneath that bore the visage of former President Bill Clinton above the word “Rape.”
As he assumed his pose, he began to chant, “Bill Clinton is a rapist.”
Security responded to help the man off the impromptu set, although he was able to wriggle away to try to make a return bid for another five seconds of fame.
He could be heard saying, “Get your hands off me” at one point before the situation was fully under control.
“We’ve got a very excited young man behind us,” Carlson joked before Fox cut away so that security could deal with the situation.
When the show came back on the air, it continued as though no interruption had taken place.
“We’re surrounded by dogs and if there’s anything that calms the human heart, it’s a canine,” Carlson said.
The website The Hill suggested the young man was motivated by talk show host Alex Jones, who had suggested that anyone who could get the shirt seen on national TV and say those five words could get a big payday.
“Anyone that gets on national TV with the shirt clearly, for more than five seconds, gets $1,000. That means behind cameras, you name it. Anyone that gets it on air on national TV and gets the words out ‘Bill Clinton is a rapist,’ or things along that line, with a bullhorn — I could go to this right now, $5,000,” Jones was quoted by The Hill as saying.
Although Jones was linked to the stunt, it was unclear if the man would be paid.
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