Though some on the left displayed a twisted sense of glee when the giant Christmas tree outside the Fox News headquarters in Manhattan was destroyed by arson, they were surely stunned to see just how rapidly the network kept its promise to have another in its place in time for this season’s celebrations, as the New York Post reports.
The momentous feat was achieved fewer than 48 hours after the prior holiday symbol dubbed the “All-American” tree was burned almost in its entirety, and a lighting ceremony was commenced during the live broadcast of popular panel show The Five.
“Fox really knows how to bounce back, don’t we?” asked network host Jesse Watters during the festive event at Sixth Avenue and West 48th Street, which featured carolers and a crowd of happy onlookers.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan spoke to the crowd, which included members of the NYPD as well as the FDNY, reminding those in attendance that “the purpose of this season is that light always conquers darkness,” adding, “we need a little Christmas right this very moment.”
Though network personality Greg Gutfeld injected a jocular tone to the event by exclaiming, “Take that, arsonist!” prime time host Tucker Carlson lamented in a more serious tone his belief that the destruction of the initial tree was a “hate crime” as well as an “attack on Christianity,” as Mediaite reported.
As The Hill explained, a 49-year-old man named Craig Tamanaha was arrested on the scene at the time of the fire, and he now faces charges of arson, criminal mischief, criminal trespass, and reckless endangerment.
Tamanaha is reportedly homeless, has suspected mental health issues, and was released without bail, facts which prompted Gutfeld to joke, “Even though the arsonist is already out on the streets, probably working at CNN, we want the bad guys to know that you can keep burning down our trees because we’re going to keep putting up another one.”
The network’s determination to, as Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy said, not “let one guy with a lighter ruin Christmas” was lauded by many of those who took the time to take part in the spectacle Thursday night.
In the words of Ryan from Hell’s Kitchen as reported by the Post, “This is an awesome way to fight back. Kill the haters with kindness.”