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Montana man who confronted Tucker Carlson has /no regrets/

The Montana man who confronted Tucker Carlson in a fishing store in Livingston over vaccine misinformation says he has no regrets about calling the Fox News host ‘the worst human being known to man,’ in an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com.

A DailyMail.com team tracked Dan Bailey, 38, and his wife Kascie, 36, on Saturday to the remote Middle Fork Salmon River which sits in the middle of the 2.5m acre Frank-Church River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho where the couple returned from a long-planned wilderness vacation.

Speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com, Dan Bailey, 38, said he had been oblivious to the furor caused by the video until Thursday when he found a message at a ranger station telling him to phone his parents due to an emergency.

When he got in touch, his parents told him they had been bombarded with calls and threatening messages and explained the clip had gone viral.

A DailyMail.com team tracked Dan Bailey, 38, and his wife Kascie, 36, to the remote Middle Fork Salmon River which sits in the middle of the 2.5m acre Frank-Church River of No Return Wilderness where the couple were enjoying a long-planned vacation

The Montana fly fisherman confronted Carlson at a fishing supplies store in Livingston, Montana the week before, where he called the Fox News host 'the worst human being ever'

The Montana fly fisherman confronted Carlson at a fishing supplies store in Livingston, Montana the week before, where he called the Fox News host ‘the worst human being ever’

Bailey said he never thought the clip would go viral and had posted it for his friends. He says he has been deluged with death threats but doesn’t regret approaching Carlson – just that his family had to deal with the aftermath without him due to his wilderness trip

Bailey said he never thought the clip would go viral and had posted it for his friends. He says he has been deluged with death threats but doesn’t regret approaching Carlson – just that his family had to deal with the aftermath without him due to his wilderness trip

But despite the avalanche of hateful messages, Bailey says he doesn’t regret accosting Carlson who he met while buying supplies for his Idaho trip.

Bailey said: ‘We were in there [the shop] buying the last two freeze-dried meals for this trip and I was checking out, and this guy walked through the front door.

‘I said, ‘are you Tucker Carlson?’ He said, ‘no but I’ll take it as a compliment’ and I said, ‘I wouldn’t’.

‘I started walking out and I heard him talk and I said, ‘you are Tucker Carlson’. I started walking towards him and I don’t even know what I said. I didn’t even know she [Kascie] was filming.’

He added: ‘I told him about the vaccine and what he’s done. The guy has done a lot of really bad things to our country and we’re in a state of really terrible, partisan nonsense and violence, and I saw the guy and I thought to myself, I’m going to say something, or I’ll regret it forever.

‘So I said something to him and that was that. Tucker Carlson talks total bull whether it’s Covid or racism or the tension in this country.

Bailey, here with his wife as they returned from a week-long vacation on the remote Middle Fork Salmon River, laughed at the idea, floated by Carlson,  that he is a Californian incomer obsessed with diversity politics, telling DailyMail.com that he isn’t particularly interested in politics and was born in Wyoming

Bailey, here with his wife as they returned from a week-long vacation on the remote Middle Fork Salmon River, laughed at the idea, floated by Carlson,  that he is a Californian incomer obsessed with diversity politics, telling DailyMail.com that he isn’t particularly interested in politics and was born in Wyoming

Bailey says the confrontation was totally unplanned and he had no idea his wife was filming it – which she said was to keep a record of the moment

Bailey says the confrontation was totally unplanned and he had no idea his wife was filming it – which she said was to keep a record of the moment

‘[Tucker] put his hand on my chest and I stopped. I never touched him. I didn’t threaten him. I didn’t cuss,' Bailey told DailyMail.com

‘[Tucker] put his hand on my chest and I stopped. I never touched him. I didn’t threaten him. I didn’t cuss,’ Bailey told DailyMail.com

Bailey also denied hassling Carlson in front of his children, telling DailyMail.com that the Fox host was with his eldest daughter and that she walked out as soon as he approached her father

Bailey also denied hassling Carlson in front of his children, telling DailyMail.com that the Fox host was with his eldest daughter and that she walked out as soon as he approached her father

Carlson addressed the confrontation on The Five last Thursday and accused Bailey of setting the incident up

Carlson addressed the confrontation on The Five last Thursday and accused Bailey of setting the incident up

The 22-second clip begins with Bailey appearing already engaged in a conversation with the Fox News host.

Carlson whispers, ‘My daughter is here,’ to which Bailey says, ‘I don’t care man. You are the worst human being known to man. I want you to know that.’

In response, Carlson says. ‘I appreciate that. I appreciate that.’  

Bailey continues, ‘What you have done to everybody else in this state, to the United States, to everyone else in this world. What you have done to families, what you have done to everybody else in this world. I don’t care that your daughter is here. What you’ve done to people’s families –’

As he talks, Carlson notices he is being recorded on a camera and gives a grin.

The Fox News host says, ‘Settle down son,’ to which Bailey says, ‘Son? Don’t call me son,’ before Carlson walks away with Bailey trying to follow him as the video ends.

‘He has a brand and it’s destructive,’ Bailey told DailyMail.com. ‘I felt like saying something and so I did. He touched me – I never touched him.

‘He put his hand on my chest and I stopped. I never touched him. I didn’t threaten him. I didn’t cuss.’ 

Carlson addressed the confrontation when he appeared on The Five last Thursday. Answering a question posed to him by co-host Greg Gutfeld, he accused Bailey of setting the incident up.

He said: ‘What would you have done if the person wasn’t filming it? Hassling me in front of my kids? I mean, I had some dark thoughts which I’m not going to articulate here.’ 

Gutfield added: ‘I find it very frustrating that adult men are now becoming like mean girls.

‘He could have come up to you and actually expressed himself and you could have had a conversation.

Bailey shared the 22-second clip to his Instagram page and ranted about Tucker's Covid vaccine misinformation

Bailey shared the 22-second clip to his Instagram page and ranted about Tucker’s Covid vaccine misinformation

‘But he couldn’t do that without someone filming it, because he knew if he had someone to film it that would impact your response which, as a wise person in the media, you know that.’

Donald Trump Jr also piled into Bailey over the clip, tweeting: ‘Is the loser who went out of his way to have someone video him harassing Tucker in public for some viral content the model for the new Pregnant Male Emoji? The likeness is uncanny! #SoBrave’

Bailey says the confrontation was totally unplanned and he had no idea his wife was filming it – which she said was to keep a record of the moment.

He also denied hassling Carlson in front of his children, telling DailyMail.com that the Fox host was with his eldest daughter and that she walked out as soon as he approached her father.

Bailey said: ‘[He was with] his older daughter, definitely well into her teens in my opinion. He said, please don’t do this in front of my daughter.

'The fact we were on this river, and I wasn’t able to deal with it myself and had to have other people answer for me, that’s what I regret. But we had no idea it would go viral,' Bailey told DailyMail.com

‘The fact we were on this river, and I wasn’t able to deal with it myself and had to have other people answer for me, that’s what I regret. But we had no idea it would go viral,’ Bailey told DailyMail.com

‘When has the guy ever thought about, anyone else’s families? He spouts off every night on TV and doesn’t think about anyone else.

‘She walked out of the store immediately. She just turned and walked away. My guess is it probably wasn’t the first time.

‘That’s what happens when your father is the worst person in the world. I didn’t say anything about his politics.

‘When you see someone who’s caused so much pain in people’s lives, enough’s enough.’

Bailey also laughed at the idea – also floated by Carlson on his Thursday show – that he is a Californian incomer obsessed with diversity politics, telling DailyMail.com that he isn’t particularly interested in politics and was born in Wyoming.

He said: ‘Before this thing, I had 300 Instagram followers, I don’t have Twitter. I’m not someone trying to make it out there in the world.

‘So, Don Jr wants to spend his time reading about some random guy in Montana? The most views I ever had before this was 100 views on a pheasant hunting video that my wife shot.

‘I find it funny. I don’t have a history of saying political things. But I don’t agree with anything these people say at all.

Bailey is the Yellowstone Program Manager for the National Parks Conservation Association

Bailey is the Yellowstone Program Manager for the National Parks Conservation Association

Bailey said: ‘I was born in Wyoming, I’m from Montana. I’ve just got off an eight-day self-guided wilderness boat trip. I am the furthest thing from a liberal elitist there is'

Bailey said: ‘I was born in Wyoming, I’m from Montana. I’ve just got off an eight-day self-guided wilderness boat trip. I am the furthest thing from a liberal elitist there is’

‘I was born in Wyoming, I’m from Montana – I’m not some liberal elitist. I’ve just got off an eight-day self-guided wilderness boat trip. I am the furthest thing from a liberal elitist there is.’

Bailey, who is the Yellowstone Program Manager for the National Parks Conservation Association, said he never thought the clip would go viral and had posted it for his friends. He says he has been deluged with death threats but doesn’t regret approaching Carlson – just that his family had to deal with the aftermath without him due to his wilderness trip.

He said: ‘Looking back on it, no I don’t regret it. The only thing is that my parents have had to deal with it – my boss, my colleagues.

‘I work for a nonprofit and that was getting a lot of blowback too. The fact we were on this river, and I wasn’t able to deal with it myself and had to have other people answer for me, that’s what I regret. But we had no idea it would go viral.’

In a statement sent to the Daily Mail, a Fox News spokesperson said, ‘Ambushing Tucker Carlson while he is in a store with his family is totally inexcusable — no public figure should be accosted regardless of their political persuasion or beliefs simply due to the intolerance of another point of view.’

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