Tucker Carlson Scores His Highest Ratings Ever Amid US-Iran Jabs

The family of fallen police officer Billy
Clardy III will have their home mortgage paid in full thanks to the Stephen Siller Tunnel
to Towers Foundation. The foundation announced Wednesday it was
paying off the mortgage of two recently fallen officers: Huntsville Police Department Officer
Billy Clardy III and Hendersonville Police Department Master Patrol Officer Spencer Bristol,
Globe Newswire reported. Clardy, from Huntsville, Alabama, was shot
and killed on Dec. 6 during a drug investigation, WHNT reported. Clardy, who was part of a drug task unit,
is survived by his wife, Ashlee Clardy, and five children, as well as grandchildren. In a statement to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation,
Ashlee Clardy spoke of her appreciation for the life-changing gesture. “I’m flabbergasted by your compassion
and I am incredibly humbled by your generosity,” she said. “This means the world to me.” According to the foundation’s news site,
the Fallen First Responder Home Program designates money to support the families of first responders
killed in the line of duty, specifically by paying for their home mortgages. “Through our Fallen First Responder Home
Program, we support our law enforcement and firefighters that lost their lives under extraordinary
circumstances in the line of duty,” the foundation stated. “In these times of tragedy, it is our mission
to provide a support system for the surviving family and ensure that they are cared for.” The Tunnel to Towers Foundation also has a
Smart Home program, supporting disabled military veterans, and Gold Star Family Home Program,
providing mortgage-free homes for surviving spouses with young children. The foundation was started in memory of New
York City Fire Department Firefighter Stephen Siller, who died on Sept. 11, 2001, while
saving the lives of others. To date, over $125 million has been raised
for first responders, military veterans and their families. Since 2015, over 40 families have received
a mortgage-free home thanks to the foundation, which aims to continually pay off mortgages
for fallen police officers who leave young children behind. While nothing can take away the pain of losing
a loved one, the Clardy family will hopefully find a slice of comfort knowing the burden
of housing costs has been lifted. Host Tucker Carlson and Fox News chief political
anchor Bret Baier discussed on Tuesday the impact of the missile attack on the 2020 elections
and beyond. “I think that this is the biggest test for
President Trump as a leader,” Baier said. He reminded viewers that Donald Trump had
campaigned on getting troops out of the Middle East. Carson said, “My sense is that the president,
he is not interested in some kind of a protractive war with Iran, certainly not a ground war. … His instincts are restraint.” Baier countered that although that is what
Trump campaigned on, his rhetoric on Twitter and elsewhere tells a different story. How those two different messages are resolved
“is the key moment for this president as commander-in-chief,” he said. Soleimani and his Quds Force were “responsible
for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members and the wounding
of thousands more,” according to the Department of Defense. “General Soleimani was actively developing
plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region. … He had orchestrated attacks on coalition
bases in Iraq over the last several months — including the attack on December 27th
— culminating in the death and wounding of additional American and Iraqi personnel,”
the Pentagon said. During his Monday show, however, Carlson criticized
U.S. leaders for “having a built-in bias for war.” “Just a month ago, not one in 100 Americans
was thinking about Iran,” he said. “Now, suddenly, we are on the brink of war. In Washington, that is considered an upgrade,
indeed a massive improvement. It’s harder to get rich and powerful in
Washington during peacetime.” Carlson also questioned the intelligence community’s
assessment that Iran and Soleimani were an imminent threat. “Keep in mind, these are the people who
invented excuses to spy on the Trump campaign purely because they didn’t like Donald Trump’s
foreign policy views, and they’re the ones who pretended he was a Russian agent in order
to keep him from governing,” Carlson said. “Our friends in the intel community did
that,” he said. “And by the way, these are the same people
who lied about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction way back in 2002, and by doing that they got
us into an utterly pointless war that dramatically weakened our country. “The people pushing conflict with Iran are
the same people who did that.” “Tucker Carlson Tonight” closely followed
Fox News’ “Hannity,” which brought in 5.7 million viewers on the same night. Both shows scored 0.8 ratings in the adults
18-49 demographic. In 2019, the average audience for “Hannity”
was 3.3 million and the average audience for “Tucker Carlson Tonight” was 3.1 million,
The Hill reported. According to Nielsen Media Research’s numbers,
“Tucker Carlson Tonight” drew more viewers Tuesday than CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360”
and MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show,” which brought in 2.9 million viewers and 3.4 million
viewers, respectively.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

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