Tucker Carlson commented on this by saying the following later.
Let me be clear about an incident I referred to on MSNBC last night: In the mid-1980s, while I was a high school student, a man physically grabbed me in a men’s room in Washington, DC. I yelled, pulled away from him and ran out of the room. Twenty-five minutes later, a friend of mine and I returned to the men’s room. The man was still there, presumably waiting to do to someone else what he had done to me. My friend and I seized the man and held him until a security guard arrived.
Several bloggers have characterized this is a sort of gay bashing. That’s absurd, and an insult to anybody who has fought back against an unsolicited sexual attack. I wasn’t angry with the man because he was gay. I was angry because he assaulted me.
How about that piece of hitting the man's head against the stall? Did that not happen? He should never have pleaded guilty to that one, I guess.
The story is old and too late comment on. The laughing of those three men on TV is what makes me sick. Gay men remain the outcast of society and it is perfectly ok to talk about bashing them on TV and get a laught out of them.
Steve Clemons suggests that someone should look at evidence of the arrest.
I want to say one other thing. Yesterday I challenged Debra Haffner. She couldn't be farther removed from these men if we tried in all aspects, politically, morally, ethically, you name it. So don't read this wrong. I do however see the connection between her being "squeamish" and the response of these three men. There is something about sex in public places (again, don't forget the history of the closet) that is upsetting to people. We should recognized that, and at the same time, I think it is the right of LGBT people like me, to call our allies to task. And Debra Haffner is an ally. We have to be responsible in our response, because we have to deal with three white men on MSNBC who laugh at beating gay men.
How do I know these three men are straight? I don't. And these days, you can't assume anything about those Republicans. I should watch my assumptions for sure.