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Fox News host Tucker Carlson noted in his opening monologue Monday that once-unheard of and never-before tolerated political violence is rising in America, which he characterized as an attack on the founding principles of the country.
“You can tell a lot about a society by what shocks its leaders,” he began. “For generations, what shocked the people in this country was political violence: Hurting your neighbors for having different opinions.
“They were appalled by that and they were right to be,” Carlson added. “Political violence isn’t simply an assault on individual Americans. It’s an attack on America itself.”
Continuing, Carlson noted that since our country’s founding, America has been governed by the consent of the people, not by force using armed troops or police.
“You may have a Glock in your hand, but on Election Day you have precisely as many votes as the little old lady who disagrees with you,” the host said. “That’s our system. The weak are supposed to have as much power over the government as the strong.”
However, “political violence ends democracy,” Carlson said, noting that violence “returns us to the most primitive of all systems — one in which might makes right.
“There is no greater threat to civilization” than that kind of governance, the Fox News host added. “And we used to understand this. But things have changed.”
He went on to say that the country’s current crop of political leaders not only don’t appear to be shocked by the escalating violence, but some are encouraging it because they believe it empowers them.
At the same time, people are being punished for “thought crimes.”
“It’s okay to set fires or smash strangers in the face with two-by-fours so long as you are chanting the correct slogans,” he said. “If you’re on the right team, everything is allowed.”
Carlson noted that ‘wrong’ opinions can cost Americans their jobs, their status, even their lives, in part a reference to the recent murder of Bernell Trammell, 60, a Milwaukee man known for his open support of President Donald Trump. Wisconsin Republicans have appealed to Attorney General William Barr to launch a federal investigation to determine if the killing was politically motivated.
Continuing, Carlson noted that over the weekend, “Joe Biden supporters” were permitted to riot and cause physical harm to people in several cities around the country.
“And the media, watching closely, lied about all of it,” Carlson added before playing several video clips of violence and rioting in Seattle, including clips from police officer body cams.
“A total of 59 officers were injured in this ‘demonstration,’” the host noted, mocking the coverage of the riots by The New York Times and CNN, in particular, both of which characterized them as largely peaceful anti-police “protests.”
Carlson then recounted several incidents of violence and killings in Oakland, Portland, Austin, Texas, and Louisville, Ky., where a large group of armed, black ‘militia’ openly threatened to kidnap police officers involved in the accidental shooting death of EMT Breonna Taylor.
“This isn’t fine, it’s not normal, it’s not a protest. These aren’t children. These are adults. And they’re destroying our country,” Carlson said, before asking why more people aren’t being charged under federal statutes.
“Where is the Justice Department? Don’t we have an attorney general?” Carlson said, before praising acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf for his actions taken in defense of federal property and upholding federal law.
For sending additional federal agents to Portland, in order to beef up the defense of a federal courthouse under siege in the city for weeks, Carlson said that a mob showed up at Wolf’s home and openly threatened him and his family.
“And they didn’t do it subtly, it wasn’t subtext, they said it out loud, on camera,” the host said before playing a clip of the group that threatened Wolf.
Carlson then suggested that the reason why the Justice Department hasn’t “frog-marched” Antifa members into courtrooms is because officials don’t want mobs showing up at their homes.
“Maybe mob violence works,” Carlson — whose own home in Washington, D.C., was attacked last year — said.
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