Fox News Host Eboni Williams Received Death Threats After Responding to Trump Charlottesville Remarks
Eboni Williams, co-host of "The Fox News Specialists," told Variety on Wednesday that she received death threats after addressing President Donald Trump on Monday over his remarks about the violence in Charlottesville. In her segment "Eboni's Docket," the co-host attacked Trump for "tacitly encouraging" racists by equivocating in his statement on Saturday.
"I should meet my maker soon, I shouldn't be allowed to walk the streets of New York," Eboni told Variety, paraphrasing some of the attacks against her. "They heard that I live in Harlem — Harlem needs to watch out."
The co-host said that her personal website, which usually receives an average of 10-15 emails after each segment, was inundated with over 150 emails, and only three of them were anything besides "seething, scathing" attacks.
Her book publisher became so concerned that he asked her to request additional security from Fox News. Williams is now escorted to and from the building when she arrives at work. Her book, Pretty Powerful: Appearance, Substance, and Success, releases next month.
Williams told Variety that the typical responses she gets from Fox News viewers praise her for her reasonable arguments on the air. The new attacks — and death threats — she received shocked her, but she tied them to Trump's "tacit compliance" of violent political rhetoric. Williams pointed to Trump's Tuesday morning retweet of the image of a train running over a person with the CNN logo.
"When you don't speak out and condemn, that's tacit compliance in my book," the co-host said. "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."
Williams added that the president's retweet "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."
The co-host argued that Trump's supporters will never turn on him. "I truly believe what he said, that he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and they will stand by him," she said. "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."
On Monday, Williams went after Trump directly.
"My president, your initial remarks were cowardly and dangerous," the co-host declared. She asked whether the slogan "Make America Great Again" included "Jews, blacks, gays, and Hispanics," or if "some of us" would be left out. After Trump's Charlottesville remarks, she said she could no longer give him the benefit of the doubt.