Fox News host Eboni K. Williams says that she has received death threats after criticizing President Donald Trump on Aug. 14 on her “Eboni’s Docket” segment.
The African-American host slammed Trump for refusing to specifically name the white nationalist groups behind the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Williams told Variety that she received threatening emails through her website: “I should meet my maker soon, I shouldn’t be allowed to walk the streets of New York.”
Williams added: “They heard that I live in Harlem — Harlem needs to watch out.”
Williams requested additional security from Fox News, and is now escorted to and from the building in New York City.
Williams told Variety how Trump failed:
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.
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, a registered independent, added 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. 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.
While I think President Obama was uniquely positioned as a black man and the leader of the free world in that moment to speak to those black males in Chicago in a way I would have better appreciated, it’s a similar thing with President Trump right now. He’s a white male that represents…the patriarchal, white male dominant structure, so he could speak to white America in a way that Obama never could.