‘Narcissism on parade’: Tucker identifies the underlying systemic danger in AOC’s dramatic riot recount

Tucker Carlson called out Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for the “narcissism on parade” in her emotional video account of her alleged experience during the riot at the U.S. Capitol last month.

The Fox News host mocked the New York Democrat for “wallowing around in Lake Me” in the video she posted on social media this week, recounting how she feared she was going to die as rioters descended on the building. Carlson addressed the video and the general rewriting of history by Democrats reacting to the riot during his monologue on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Wednesday.

After calling history a “political tool” that is “never neutral,” Carlson told viewers: “We are watching our own history being written before us right now.”

“For Americans under 30, history is written exclusively on social media, and that’s where the real demagogues live. Tech platforms are the domain of people for whom factual reality is not even a consideration. It’s a completely different way of thinking,” he said. “What actually happened in a given place at a given time is totally and completely irrelevant. Ideology is all that matters.”

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“Sandy Cortez is a master of this medium, of course. Watch her description of the events of Jan. 6, as broadcast to kids across the country on Instagram,” Carlson said as he played a portion of the Democrat congresswoman’s account of what allegedly happened on January 6.

“I jump into my bathroom. And I close the door. And I just keep hearing ‘bang, bang, bang!’… I open the door. When all of a sudden I hear that whoever was trying to get inside got into my office. And I just hear ‘Where is she? Where is she?’ And this was the moment where I thought everything was over,” Ocasio-Cortez recounted, going on to note in the full clip that the person was actually a Capitol Police officer.

The New York lawmaker has come under fire for her video, with many critics noting she wasn’t even in the Capitol Building when the riots occurred, and the hashtag #AlexandriaOcasioSmollet began trending on Twitter, comparing Ocasio-Cortez to actor Jussie Smollett, who had made false claims to police about being the victim of a hate crime.

Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., noted that her office is in the same hallway as Ocasio-Cortez and no one stormed the area that day.

“We’ve played clips like that for you before, and we’ve always made fun of them,” Carlson said Wednesday after playing the video shared by Ocasio-Cortez.

“There she is again, defender of the common man, yammering on about the only subject she really cares about — herself. Wallowing around in Lake Me, like it’s interesting to anybody but her. Narcissism on parade. It’s the perfect symbol of a culture dying from self-involvement,” the Fox News host mocked.

“We’ve said that before and we’ve laughed as we did, but actually it’s not funny,” he continued.

“People will believe this crap; some already do. Anyone who was physically present at the Capitol that day knows it’s ridiculous. There were no rioters in Sandy Cortez’s hallway. Trump voters weren’t trying to kill her, neither were other U.S. senators. A lot of the rioters were angrier at Mitch McConnell than they were at any Democrat,” he added.

“To some extent, what you saw on Jan. 6 was an intraparty struggle, not all of it but some of it. An act of mindless destruction aimed at Republican leaders and born of long simmering frustration. The people who run the Republican Party don’t care about the people who elect them. That has long been true, but Republican voters finally figured it out,” Carlson said, adding that on January 6, angry voters finally “exploded.”

“Lindsey Graham was likely in graver danger than Sandy Cortez or Ilhan Omar. They were literally calling poor Mike Pence’s name. He didn’t do anything, but they were furious with him. That’s not a defense of anyone’s behavior, much less a defense of rioting which, unlike the others channels we do not support and will never support,” he said.

“It’s not even an ideological point. It’s just true; that’s what happened,” Carlson told viewers. “But at this point, the truth doesn’t matter. What matters is who gets to write the history of what happens, who gets to define what the truth is.”

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