Tucker Carlson believes there should be consequences for the “lying and recklessness” of those who pushed the collusion narrative if special counsel Robert Mueller’s report shows there was none.
With the release of the report imminent after nearly two years, and with President Trump and lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle pressing for a full release of the document to the public, Carlson tackled the history of the investigation in his opening monologue on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Thursday, putting the “entire, sprawling story in perspective.”
“If the left has its way, they will never see the details. It will all be whitewashed, like so much else in our history. So let’s recall, for the record, what the Robert Mueller investigation is about, why we got a special counsel in the first place,” the Fox News host said, explaining that the probe was “justified by a single question.”
“Did Donald Trump collude with the Russian government to steal the 2016 presidential election? Did the president betray his country? For close to three years, Democrats have told us that, yes, he did,” Carlson said, as he aired various video clips of Democrats denouncing the president and declaring evidence of collusion.
But even after all this time, and after hours of testimony from dozens of people, “even the most basic questions about the Russia story remained unanswered,” Carlson contended. “Meanwhile we’ve upended our entire foreign policy, we’ve put Americans in prison, all on the basis of charges nobody was willing to prove.”
And Carlson argued that the Mueller report should not signal that everyone should just move on.
“There need to be consequences for this,” he said. Once the Mueller report appears and it becomes incontrovertible that, whatever his faults, Donald Trump did not collude with the Russians, the many people who’ve persistently claimed on the basis of no evidence that he did collude with the Russians must be punished. Not indicted or imprisoned, but thoroughly shamed and forced to apologize.”
He correctly pointed out the double standard in the sprawling probe and the left’s narrative.
“If Republicans spent three full years falsely claiming that Barack Obama colluded with the government of Iran, would those who claimed it, ever work in politics or media again?” he asked. “That’s a rhetorical question.”
Indeed, with no smoking gun or any damning evidence surfacing after months and months of so-called investigations despite Democrats’ claims that Trump colluded with Russia, there appears to be collusion of a different sort as a bombshell new probe suggests Hillary Clinton and Ukraine are now under the microscope.
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Carlson recounted in his thorough recap of what Trump has always called a “witch hunt” how consequential figures have blared about the president’s guilt and the Russian interference in the 2016 election from the outset, with little to no evidence.
“These are not peripheral figures. They are the most serious people in the modern Democratic Party. We took them seriously,” he said, naming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, and others. “We felt we had a duty to understand why they were calling the president of the United States a traitor. So we asked them. We interviewed a number of them on this show.”
He pointed to Rep. Eric Swalwell as another example of Democrats who cried collusion, could not produce anything to back their claims but denounced Carlson and others who dared to question the narrative.
“For wanting to see a government document that he himself had seen, Congressman Swalwell suggested we were treasonous,” Carlson said. “There’s been a lot of talk like that over the past couple of years. It has completely changed Washington. People in this city are afraid. They watch what they say. They don’t send emails. They worry about being denounced. Demagogues like Swalwell have terrified them. From the beginning of this investigation, there has been virtually no honest public debate about what’s happening.”
He played more video clip examples of Democrats declaring conspiracies and that those like Carlson were “carrying water for the Kremlin” by asking legitimate questions about the investigation.
“The conspiracy hawks seemed totally impervious to shame or reason. You couldn’t debate them, because they wouldn’t engage. They just threw slurs. They felt no need to demonstrate any of it was true,” Carlson said. “Some of the most respected, supposedly sober figures in our society engaged in this behavior. They said things that were so reckless and damaging to our country, that it was almost hard to believe it was happening.”
The Fox News host noted that even with the lack of evidence, the Russia investigation had become a “ratings bonanza” for the cable news outlets.
“They had no incentive to admit defeat, or even acknowledge reality. So they continued as they had since the inauguration, as if the story was entirely real. Night after night, they brought us an endless parade of screamers, buffoons and halfwits, all claiming knowledge of the conspiracy,” he said, airing more video examples and concluding that the barrage of propaganda did its work in convincing many that Russia did rig the election.
“Will we learn anything from the Russia collusion hoax? Or will the same cast of liars and buffoons simply move on to the next scam?” Carlson asked in conclusion, maintaining that “lying and recklessness should never be ignored.”
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