Usually mild-manned Fox News host Tucker Carlson has had enough.
In the wake of Attorney General William Barr confirming Wednesday that President Donald Trump was spied on by the FBI, Carlson mocked Democrats who have insisted over and over there was no spying whatsoever.
“The Obama administration wasn’t spying — they were just watching him without his knowledge, on behalf of the opposing party, in the closing months of the bitter presidential campaign,” said Carlson in his opening monologue. “No big deal. Trump oughta be grateful for that. The Obama people cared enough to surveil his staff. They’re patriotic that way. They’re big-hearted people.”
“C’mon. There’s got to be a limit to how much lying a country can take from its leaders before things start to fall apart,” said Carlson. “And we’ve definitely reached our limit.”
“Russian collusion DID NOT happen,” he said. “Domestic spying during a presidential campaign DID happen, and we have a right to know who participated in it, who authorized it and what their motives were.
“We have a right to know that immediately, right now and without redactions,” Carlson said. “This country does not belong to retired Obama staffers and intel agency heads and mindless CNN contributors who nod gravely if you say something they don’t understand. No. It’s our country. It’s a democracy, and we oughta act like it’s a democracy.”
During the monologue, Carlson also referred to columnist Jennifer Rubin as the “professional dumb person” at the Washington Post for calling Barr a “toady” who lied about spying when there was plenty of evidence that there was. He also played clips of Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, saying there’s no evidence that a spy was placed in the Trump campaign, and James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence telling Joy Behar on The View that he didn’t know of any spying.
Barr said Wednesday morning in testimony before the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that there was spying, and told senators: “I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal. It’s a big deal.”
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