She’s a co-host on “The Fox News Specialists, ” and she shared some grievances regarding President Trump. But Eboni K. Williams didn’t expect the intensity of some people’s response.
Williams focused on Trump’s comments after the violence that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend in her “Eboni’s Docket” segment of the show. She criticized the president for failing to specify the white nationalist groups that organized the “Unite the Right” event in his condemnation of the violence.
Williams told Variety in an interview that her personal website usually receives an average of 10 to 15 emails after one of her personal segments airs, but after the Trump segment there were over 150 emails. All but three of the emails were “seething, scathing” takedowns.
“I should meet my maker soon, I shouldn’t be allowed to walk the streets of New York,” she noted as examples of comments she received. “They heard that I live in Harlem — Harlem needs to watch out.” The publisher of Eboni K. William’s new book was so concerned that he asked her to request additional security from Fox News. Now she is escorted to and from the building when she arrives and leaves work. William’s book, “Pretty Powerful: Appearance, Substance, and Success” will be available next month.
Typically if Williams gets responses from people that disagree with her views, they are polite and even applaud her ability to develop thought out arguments. But the responses this week were shocking to her. She believes the difference is due to President Trump’s “tacit compliance” of violent political rhetoric.
“When you don’t speak out and condemn, that’s tacit compliance in my book,” she 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.”
The basic premise of William’s “Docket” focused on her belief that Trump supporters would never turn on him, and that is where his power to challenge the behavior that led to Heather Heyer’s death is. She said, “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.”
Those that opposed Williams segment took issue with the fact that she didn’t address the role that the counter-protesters played in the violence in Charlottesville. She said, “I don’t think they were at fault because they didn’t drive a car into a crowd of people and kill Heather Heyer,” Williams said. “That was one individual that self-identified as a white nationalist and Nazi. To even have an analysis beyond that is irresponsible.”
What do you think about the kind of response people have given to Eboni K. Williams?