Fox News host Tucker Carlson had sharp words to say about several leaders of Congress after receiving criticism for releasing tapes of the protests on Jan. 6, 2021.
Carlson used his broadcast to rip recent statements by Senate Majority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
The popular Fox News host slammed the bipartisan group of lawmakers, describing them as opposed to releasing the truth of what happened during that day’s protests. For Carlson, the reaction to the tapes’ release is as much of a revelation as the footage itself.
Fox showed portions of the footage over the course of Monday and Tuesday on Carlson’s show. Carlson received more than 40,000 hours of footage from that day from House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
Carlson took aim at Schumer who described the airing of the tapes as a threat to American democracy. Carlson said, “these videos are a threat to the lies Chuck Schumer has been telling for the last 26 months.”
Carlson continued, calling the reaction by some of the leaders of the Democratic and Republican parties in Congress “hysteria” and “crazed hyperbole.”
The Fox News host described this as “fear.”
“We’re getting close to what they really care about. They’re all on the same side!”
Carlson then slammed the members of Congress he said support open borders and said that McConnell was living in “splendor” using “Chinese money.”
McConnell described Carlson’s decision to make the tapes public a “mistake.” McConnell was joined by a number of other Republican senators, including Sen. John Thune (R-SD).
Tucker blasts DC uniparty after Chuck Schumer and McConnell call for his censorship over release of J6 tapes
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— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) March 8, 2023
The pundit received high praise from many in the conservative movement, for what they describe as showing another side of the events from that day. Many conservative activists point to what they describe as anomalies in the official reporting.
Carlson’s tapes do raise a number of questions in addition to answers. For many, there is considerable interest in why the so-called QAnon Shaman, Jacob Chansley, was escorted into the building by several members of the Capitol police.
He is currently serving a 41-month sentence.