Tucker Carlson ripped Republicans “on the same side” as Chuck Schumer
Fox News host Tucker Carlson says Republicans who oppose his reenactment of the January 6 attack on the US Capitol are “on the same page” as Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer.
In a Senate speech on Tuesday, Schumer blasted Carlson for releasing a never-before-seen selection of surveillance footage from Jan. 6, saying the rioters who stormed the Capitol were just “tourists” attending a “peaceful” event.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was one of several prominent Republicans to speak out against Carlson’s report. GOP senators John Thune, Mitt Romney, Kevin Cramer, Tom Tillis, Mike Rounds and Chuck Grassley also spoke out against Carlson’s statements.
Carlson has aired a very small amount of never-before-seen extra footage since Jan. 6 and attacked his critics on his show on Tuesday. The Fox News host insisted that those who disagreed with his story had decided to “demean” themselves by “blatant lies” and “calls for censorship.” He urged the audience to “keep a list” of lawmakers who disagreed with him.
“Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer was joined in this protest by the Senate Minority Leader, which would be Republican Mitch McConnell,” Carlson said. “They were joined by a cascade of other Republicans — Tom Tillis of North Carolina, Mitt Romney of Utah — all sharing the same frustration.”
“They’re on the same side,” he continued. “Underneath, the people who have all in common are against all… It can be fun to make a list. Because today we learned something, they are good with each other, they unmasked each other… So save the list.
Schumer called Monday night’s edition Tucker Carlson tonight In his speech on the Senate floor, he said it was “one of the most embarrassing hours of cable television” and that he had never “seen a cable news anchor manipulate his audience the way Mr. Carlson did last night.”
Later Democratic leader tweeted told him that he was asked to appear on Carlson’s show, but that he would decline until “Carlson admits to his live viewers that he lied to them about the 2020 election and what happened on January 6th.
McConnell said Carlson’s stance on the Jan. 6 release of the video echoed that of U.S. Capitol Police Chief Tom Munger, who called Carlson a “scandal” for releasing footage that was “conveniently selected from quiet moments” of the riot to achieve “attack and disorder.” deceptive”. findings”.
Some of the other Republicans who opposed Carlson’s report donated even less. Tillis reportedly called the presentation “bulls***,” and Cramer said Carlson’s portrayal of the riot as a “peaceful protest” was a “lie.”
Meanwhile, former President Donald Trump and many of his allies have pointed to Carlson’s footage, saying it is proof that there was no riot, despite other footage showing violence.
Trump repeatedly thanked Carlson for releasing the footage and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, a Republican, for providing it on Jan. 6 while demanding the release of those jailed for crimes related to the Capitol siege.
The former president continued to praise the expert on Tuesday, seemingly ignoring a court filing that found Carlson said he hated Trump with a “passion” in the days before the riot.
Newsweek McConnell and Schumer’s offices have been contacted for comment.
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