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Why, and for how long? Tucker Carlson questions why thousands of federal troops remain in DC

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Tucker Carlson questioned why federal troops are still on guard in Washington, D.C. and whether this current version of democracy actually “requires soldiers.”

The Fox News host addressed the continuing presence of nearly 10,000 federal troops in America’s capital city, one week after the inauguration of President Joe Biden, during his opening monologue on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

Carlson warned that, in this new era ushered in by Biden and the left, one can be arrested just for thinking the wrong thoughts, telling viewers Wednesday that it appears the First Amendment is “effectively suspended” and Americans seem to be living under some form of martial law.

“There are nearly 10,000 federal troops in our capital city tonight,” he noted. “Why are they there? How long will they be staying? No one is being very specific about any of that so you’re left to draw your own conclusions, which people naturally are.”

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“By the way, it’s not making anyone more moderate. If you’re really worried about extremism, you probably wouldn’t put 10,000 federal troops in your capital city, making everyone more radical and crazy,” Carlson said.

“But they don’t care about that. The point of this whole highly militarized exercise is to remind you of what Chairman Mao [Zedong] once famously said: ‘Political power grows from the barrel of a gun,'” he continued, pointing to comments by Sen. Chris Murphy, who seemed to suggest that the soldiers will stay as long as he has political opponents.

“The threat to the country is not over. We still have 5,000 National Guard members surrounding the Capitol complex. Why? Because there are still existing threats, present threats to the security of the Capitol,” the Connecticut Democrat had said. “And so, so long as Donald Trump is empowered by Senate Republicans, there is still the chance that he is going to incite another attempt at the Capitol … The threat is still very real to American democracy.”

Carlson told viewers that “if you’re starting to think that maybe someone at some point secretly redefined the term ‘democracy,’ changing its meaning to roughly 180 degrees from what it was just last year, you may be onto something.”

He contended that “we’re looking at now, instead, democracy in a 1970s Eastern Bloc ‘People’s Democratic Republic’ sense. This new version of democracy is a democracy where everyone fervently agrees with the people in power, or else they go immediately to jail.”

Democrat U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio had explained Wednesday that the National Guard troops would not be allowed to go home until things are figured out and “we learn everything we need to learn to reset the posture on Capitol Hill.,” noting what Special Operations Forces did in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Rather than answer our questions or improve our lives, you’re bringing in people with guns to remind us that you’re in charge and dissent is illegal. That’s a big change,” Carlson said.

“You may have thought you were a decent American in good standing. Ten years ago, nobody in this country would have called your views extreme, they weren’t extreme then. You don’t think they’re extreme now. You’ve always considered yourself a pretty moderate person. You live your life and get along with others. But that’s not possible now, because the rules have changed. You are now a dangerous insurgent,” the Fox News host told his viewers.

He noted the comments made after the Capitol riot by Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York who worried about other lawmakers who could “bring a gun onto the House floor,” adding that “it is absolutely outrageous that we even have to have this conversation.”

“‘Absolutely outrageous,’ said the leader of America’s Narcissism Party, the fastest growing party in the country,” Carlson quipped. “Even on the House floor, surrounded by other elected members of Congress, democratically-elected, Sandy Cortez did not feel safe. And that, my friends, is why we need tens of thousands of armed federal troops right outside her office tonight, so that Sandy Cortez can finally, for once, take a breath and get back to the vital business of making perky Instagram videos about herself.”

The Fox News host argued that “no one in power cares” about the people in this country who are actually suffering, or at the mercy of rising crime numbers.

“We’re watching one of those rare revolutions, rare in world history, that’s being waged not on behalf of the general population, but waged against it. All of this is being done expressly for the oligarchy – none of it is being done for you,” Carlson said. “Sandy Cortez and her friends want to abolish your police, not their police.”

“It’s not actually violence that Sandy Cortez and her fellow Democrats are worried about,” he concluded. “No, it’s something else.”

Frieda Powers


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