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Fox News host Tucker Carlson issued a sobering warning on the effect of a loss of confidence in America’s election process.
The host of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” spoke Thursday of the long-term consequences of damage to election integrity and its effects on society. Noting the importance of the public’s faith in the system, Carlson warned of “awful things to come” if that trust is eroded.
“Election was on Tuesday. We still don’t know the outcome. What happens next? And how long does it go on?” Carlson began his monologue on Thursday.
“Well, if you follow the Florida recount 20 years ago, you probably assume you’ve got some idea how this election is going to play out. Officials in contested states will carefully count all the available votes, supervised by bipartisan observers from both campaigns to reassure all of us, it’s on the level. If they find irregularities or they see questions of fraud, we’ll all get to learn exactly what those allegations are and how they were resolved. That’s what we did in 2000,” he said, reminding viewers of the “hanging chads” in the Al Gore and George W. Bush race.
(Source: Fox News)
Recalling the dispute from the 2000 election, Carlson recounted how it took 36 days and the involvement of the U.S. Supreme Court to come to a final assessment.
“That process was excruciating. It required patience and calm. But in the end, it was well worth it,” he said.
“And by the way, the news organizations in this country covered every moment of it. No one in any newsroom in America even considered censoring information about what was happening in the states. That would have been regarded as grotesque and immoral,” he added.
“By the way, then, as now, almost everyone in the media was a partisan Democrat. That’s always been the case. But in 2000, they understood that preserving the public’s faith in the system, our American system of government was more important than getting Al Gore or anyone else into the White House. So they pushed for openness and transparency in the process, and thank God they did,” Carlson said.
He speculated about the possibility that Democratic nominee Joe Biden will be declared the winner, wondering “how many of the 69 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump this week would believe that and accept it” and adding that “if you cared about the country and its future, you wouldn’t force Donald Trump’s voters to believe this.”
“You wouldn’t force them to take you on your word. Instead, you would show them. You would convince them. You would pull back, you’d resist hasty calls, and you’d make certain that we got to the bottom of any credible claim of fraud,” Carlson urged.
“Maybe, in the end, Joe Biden would win anyway, maybe he wouldn’t. But the public’s faith in the system and that’s essential in a self-governing Republic would remain intact. That’s what you would do if you cared about this country,” he continued.
“But let’s say you didn’t care at all. Let’s say all you cared about was power. In that case, you’d go on television and declare Joe Biden, the President-elect, even as other states were still counting votes and serious questions about the legitimacy of ballots remained unanswered. You wouldn’t care. You’d just shut it down,” he added, and indeed, on Friday that scenario seemed to play out.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) November 6, 2020
Carlson went on to note that if such a scenario played out and Trump and his supporters continued to complain, there would be an attempt to “accuse them of attacking democracy” and “censor their social media posts,” even pulling Trump off of Twitter completely. In fact, the social media platform confirmed that, should Trump lose his reelection bid, he will also lose the so-called “protections” he has had on his Twitter account.
“If Trump and his voters persisted in complaining, you’d consider stronger measures,” Carlson said, adding that Democrats have, in fact, been “thinking about this for a long time.”
“Normal people are becoming paranoid,” he said after sharing examples.
“Americans who love this country are beginning to fear it, why? We know exactly why. Because shutting down legitimate discourse and inquiry always has that effect. It destroys social trust and it sets the table for awful things to come,” Carlson told viewers.
“So let’s stop this right now. Slow down. No hasty calls. Our system works. It has worked before,” he added.
“If people air concerns, resolve the concerns. Don’t call them names. Don’t sweep those concerns under the rug. Don’t shut it down artificially with unelected news anchors, let our system work,” he concluded. “Only by doing that will we have a country we are going to want to live in 20 years from now.”