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Fox News host Tucker Carlson decimated the takeover of downtown Seattle in a sarcastic monologue comparing anarchists to the conquistadors.
Carlson kicked off his show Thursday with a mocking “welcome” to the world’s 196th nation, which has emerged in six blocks of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, and named the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, or CHAZ.
(Source: Fox News)
Speaking on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” about the nation’s “descent into chaos” following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the Fox News host highlighted the area taken over by left-wing extremists earlier this week, noting that the new “country” was built on “land formerly owned, in part, by the Seattle police department.”
“But the founders of CHAZ wanted that land, so they planted a flag and they stole it, just like the conquistadors,” Carlson said, adding that this “was a bit of a surprise given the claim these modern conquistadors claim to be Progressive ideologues.”
“They built a wall around the place just like Donald Trump once said he would do,” he added about the “rigid national borders” established by the Black Lives Matter and Antifa-related activists who took over the East Precinct police station and neighborhood.
“Their wall is made from wooden barricades. A sign at the entrance to the country warns ‘You are now leaving the USA’,” Carlson told viewers, adding that there are also armed border guards that are “not technically ICE agents, but close enough.”
“They question everyone seeking entry,” he said. “Countries have borders and the founders of CHAZ understood that. They don’t want the place flooded with illegals — and by illegals, we mean the citizens of Seattle.”
Carlson noted that “the people of CHAZ don’t have a lot of options for economic development,” as the only “natural resources” in the “nation” are just taken from local businesses and the population has “virtually no skills of any kind — apart from spray painting the f-word on buildings.”
CHAZ is “what political philosophers call a proposition nation — it’s a country based on an idea rather than a particular people,” the Fox News host explained.
“The founding idea in CHAZ, its Magna Carta…is that cops are bad — very, very bad,” he continued. “So not surprisingly, CHAZ has banned police from its territory. The surrounding city of Seattle seems okay with that decision.”
“Does the government of Italy dictate local policies within Vatican City? No, of course not. It’s autonomous. Same thing here,” Carlson quipped but pointed out that CHAZ is, in fact, looking to affect the politics of the surrounding city.
Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best made it clear in a video message that it was not her decision to abandon the East Police Precinct, blaming city officials who “relented” to the mob. The building was reportedly retaken by the police as infighting began to break out among the protesting mob.
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Seattle-area radio show host Jason Rantz told Carlson about the violent protesters and the fact that there were no police in the area.
“Right now it’s too violent for us to go in,” he said. “It’s a little bit too scary for us to go in, because when you go in and you have a different opinion than what they’d like to be seen on video, they end up harassing you and they assault you.”
Rantz pointed out that the people of CHAZ include anarchists, Antifa protesters and community organizers, warning that the situation that unfolded in Seattle could happen in any other U.S. city.
“If folks think right now that maybe they live in Los Angeles, in New York, ‘oh it’s not gonna happen here,’ yeah it’s gonna happen there. We’re allowing it to happen here. We’re not getting involved at all, we’re pretending it doesn’t exist,” he said.
(Source: Fox News)
Carlson noted the hypocrisy over the reactions to CHAZ from the liberal media and even politicians, such as Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan who has basically been in denial about the takeover and its implications. While those peacefully protesting coronavirus lockdowns a few short weeks ago were torched by liberals, Carlson pointed out how the same critics have given CHAZ protesters a free pass.
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