Amidst rising tensions and hostility, a prominent conservative figure found himself the target of a shocking and unprovoked attack, raising crucial questions about the state of civil discourse in our nation.
Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida was assaulted this past weekend, highlighting the increased aggression towards conservatives by some on the left. Gaetz reported on Twitter that a 41-year-old woman, Selena J. Chambers, attacked him while he attended a private event with his wife in Sandestin, Florida.
Walton County officers arrested Chambers, a registered Democrat and self-proclaimed “Resistance” member, charging her with battery on an elected official and battery, to touch or strike.
Gaetz vows to maintain the safety of Northwest Floridians and intends to press charges against his assailant, thanking the Walton County Sheriff’s office for their quick response. This incident comes on the heels of Gaetz’s public support for Tucker Carlson, who was recently ousted from Fox News. Gaetz hinted on Twitter that Carlson has something big planned for his next move.
BREAKING: Tallahassee Woman Arrested and Charged with Assaulting Congressman Matt Gaetz on Saturday Evening, Gaetz Issues Statement in Response
“I will never allow the safety of Northwest Floridians to be compromised. I will be pressing charges against this individual in order… pic.twitter.com/lXccJypznU
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) May 2, 2023
Megyn Kelly, another former Fox News personality, clarified that while Carlson hasn’t technically been fired, he’s been removed from the air and denied access to company email. According to Kelly, Carlson is still under contract with Fox, but CEO Suzanne Scott informed him that he would not be allowed to continue hosting his show. Now, Carlson and the network must negotiate an exit, leaving his future plans in limbo.
Kelly expressed her disappointment in Fox News for their treatment of Carlson, who played a crucial role in the network’s success amid upheavals, such as the dismissal of Roger Ailes and the departures of Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly herself. The reasons for Carlson’s removal remain a point of speculation, with some suggesting the Murdoch family’s intention to sell the network or ongoing lawsuits related to the 2020 election as potential causes.
With Fox News facing multiple lawsuits, including a recent settlement with Dominion for $787 million and ongoing litigation from former booker Abby Grossberg, it’s important to consider the underlying motivations for the network’s actions.
OMG wait till everyone sees what @TuckerCarlson has planned…
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) April 28, 2023
Meanwhile, the attack on Rep. Matt Gaetz underscores the need for open dialogue and respectful discourse between differing political ideologies to prevent the escalation of hostility and violence.
Former Top Fox News host and insider Megyn Kelly reveals Tucker not actually FIRED from Fox yet— This is what’s REALLY happening…
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) April 27, 2023
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