On the eve of the Senate’s “Joint Committee Hearing Examining the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol,” Fox News host and shameless purveyor of flagrant lies, Tucker Carlson, sought to preemptively dismiss the notion that there was any attack at all. Never mind that there were at least five people killed, many more injured, and that the nation witnessed it all live on television.
Carlson’s insurrection denialism reflects how Fox News is covering the issue across the board. When they aren’t pretending that nothing happened, they are blaming Democrats for it and praising the criminals as patriots. Fox News didn’t even air much the hearings live, as legitimate news networks MSNBC and CNN did.
Donald Trump managed to get off the hook because his cowardly GOP confederates in the Senate refused to convict him on the obvious evidence of his guilt. Although most of the Republican senators acknowledged Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric as inciteful, they acquitted him on the phony technicality that a president can’t be impeached after he’s left office. For the record, that isn’t true. It’s also irrelevant since Trump was impeached while he was still president.
The subject of the Trump Insurrection came up during the confirmation hearing for President Biden’s Attorney General nominee, Merrick Garland. When asked about how he would handle the matter, Garland said that…
“If confirmed, I will supervise the prosecution of white supremacists and others who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, a heinous attack that sought to disrupt a cornerstone of our democracy: the peaceful transfer of power to a newly elected government.”
That rational commentary infuriated Carlson, which he saw as an attack on his precious white nationalist comrades. Rather than concede the clearly observable fact that the Trumpian hordes who invaded Congress were a racist mob dressed in Nazi regalia and carrying Confederate flags, Carlson lashed out at Garland in an unhinged rant:
“Merrick Garland has a lot of reasonable friends who say that he is a smart and moderate person. But that was not a moderate statement. It was dishonest, completely dishonest. Dishonest enough that you should be worried about it. There’s no evidence that white supremacists were responsible for what happened on Jan. 6. That’s a lie. And contrary to what you’ve been hearing, there’s no evidence this was a – quote – armed insurrection.”
Tucker Carlson: "There's no evidence that white supremacists were responsible for what happened on Jan. 6. That's a lie. And contrary to what you've been hearing, there's no evidence this was a, quote, armed insurrection." pic.twitter.com/V1ORKI4rfD
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) February 23, 2021
Really? So all of the video showing rioters attacking Capitol Police with clubs, knives, mace, and some carrying guns, was all digitally enhanced? Carlson is asking his audience to ignore the evidence of their own eyes. And, sadly, they will probably do so.
Carlson then interviewed Julie Kelly, who is with “American Greatness,” a far-right, Trumpian blog. She tried to spin the charges against some of those arrested for their violent assault on Congress as minor infractions. The problem is that her presentation – and that of Carlson and Fox News – relies on pretending that we all didn’t see the videos of armed Trump Insurrectionists beating cops, breaking windows, and marauding through the halls of Congress yelling about killing Nancy Pelosi and hanging Mike Pence.
This is the sort of distortion of reality that led to the violence in Washington, D.C., in the first place. Trump’s Big Lie about the election being stolen and the need to “fight like hell” inflamed his cult followers to the point of engaging in a deadly rampage. Now Carlson’s perpetuation of this dangerously dishonest narrative is likely have the same tragic result. And it’s why Carlson’s continued presence on Fox News is an imminent threat to national security and an affront to the Preamble of the Constitution that seeks to “insure domestic tranquility.”
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