Following a vague claim Friday by Saudi Arabia that journalist Jamal Khashoggi died after an alleged fist fight inside the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, both congressional Democrats and the media accused the Saudis of lying and began harping on the Trump administration to take action.
Speaking on Fox News that evening, host Tucker Carlson wondered why these same left-wingers had never shown any concern about the others who’ve been murdered by the Middle Eastern regime.
“The head nodders on TV are stunned by the gnaws and hardly believe a bloodthirsty medieval theocracy would do this. Really? The Saudis? The same people that cut off the hands of thieves and behead adulters in public parks?” he said.
He added that the Saudis have also been carrying out “one of the world’s cruelest wars” in Yemen, where their efforts to take out Houthi rebels has led to a humanitarian disaster.
His point was that the left’s apparent obsession with Khashoggi death or murder seems disingenuous and tied to something else like, say, President Donald Trump. What Democrats and their media allies have been tweeting since the Saudis’ announcement suggests he may be right.
“The claim that Khashoggi was killed while brawling with 15 men dispatched from Saudi Arabia is not at all credible,” Rep. Adam Schiff, known for false accusations, tweeted, summing up the press’s reaction to the Middle Eastern nation’s announcement.
“If he was fighting with those sent to capture or kill him, it was for his life,” he added. “The Kingdom must be held to account. If Administration doesn’t lead, Congress must.”
His belief is that the Saudi government is lying and that Khashoggi’s death had been a purposeful murder carried out on behalf of the nation’s leaders.
Schiff and his allies have also suggested that the refusal by President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans to take action– be it by condemning Saudi Arabia, enacting sanctions against it or perhaps even going to war with it — makes them complicit.
The claim that Khashoggi was killed while brawling with 15 men dispatched from Saudi Arabia is not at all credible. If he was fighting with those sent to capture or kill him, it was for his life.
The Kingdom must be held to account. If Administration doesn’t lead, Congress must.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) October 19, 2018
So we’re supposed to believe Jamal Khashoggi accidentally died in a ‘fist-fight’ with a 15-man Saudi Arabia hit squad including a forensic pathologist armed with a bone saw? One word: BULLSH*T. pic.twitter.com/huuHVTwxZL
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 20, 2018
“a fistfight that led to his death.”
That does not sound plausiblehttps://t.co/PeBLzvS3ii
— Michael Barbaro (@mikiebarb) October 19, 2018
THEY’RE SAYING HE FOUGHT 18 GUYS. He was a journalist. Not freaking Bruce Lee. pic.twitter.com/HOvc3yKzfe
— XENI (@xeni) October 19, 2018
Do fist fights routinely involve bone saws and I just hadn’t known that? No? https://t.co/qMjf7mrn0h
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) October 19, 2018
Let me preview two things for you:
1. The Republican Congress will do nothing to respond to Saudi Arabia’s murder of Jamal Khashoggi and this audacious cover up.
2. The election, in 18 days, is a referendum on whether America really stands for anything anymore.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) October 20, 2018
The brutal murder of Khashoggi and the obvious complicity of Trump further establishes that journalists are the last bastion to our collective freedom and civilization.
The pen is definitely mightier than the sword.
— Emmanuel K. Dogbevi (@EmmanuelDogbevi) October 20, 2018
Riddle me this, if Jamal Khashoggi died in a fist fight how come they’ve arrested 18 people ? 18 against 1 ain’t a fist fight, it’s a murder squad. Trump expects us to believe this shit because he thinks it let’s him off the hook. Wrong, makes him look more complicit. Bastard.
— The World Vs.Trump (@JaneFox93312086) October 20, 2018
“All three men—MbS, Jared Kushner, and Donald Trump—certainly seem complicit in the execution of Jamal Khashoggi,” writes Greg Olear https://t.co/H79JhRU56i
— Medium (@Medium) October 19, 2018
Trump is complicit in an assassination. Think about that. He is helping the Saudis cover up the assassination of US resident Jamal Khashoggi. He’s known Khashoggi was dead since the story broke, and lied to the world about it. Trump is the biggest threat to our national security.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) October 18, 2018
The Trump WH is making the entire US complicit in Khashoggi’s murder and in Saudi Arabia’s continued campaign against journalists and free speech.
— Witchifer Willis Moonmoon (@jenwillis) October 18, 2018
Texas congressman Joaquin Castro, a Democrat, even suggested that Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, helped the Saudis plot Khashoggi’s alleged murder.
Citing unspecified reporting, Castro said Kushner “may have, with U.S. intelligence, delivered a hit list, an enemies list, to the crown prince, to MBS, in Saudi Arabia and that the prince may have acted on that, and one of the people he took action against is Mr. Khashoggi.”
Tucker addressed these allegations as well Friday, saying, “These are not serious people. They know nothing, they will say anything, they are buffoons. Spare us the lectures, please.”
“This is a stunt. International incident for domestic political goals,” he added.