Fox News host Tucker Carlson tore into the Biden Justice Department Wednesday night after they ruled that there will be no charges brought against the D.C. police officer who shot and killed protester Ashli Babbitt on Jan. 6.
He noted that the American people are still wondering exactly what happened and who it was who shot Babbitt: “In cases like this, the benefit of the doubt usually does go to law enforcement, and as we’ve often said, we’re fine with that. It should. But still, in a free society, the rest of us have a right to know roughly what happened. In this case, who shot Ashli Babbitt and why?” The officer’s identity has not been released due to alleged security concerns.
Carlson commented that the public is being stonewalled by the Biden administration and the media: “No one will tell us. The Biden administration says the man who killed Babbitt is a Capitol Hill police officer, and he did the right thing. That’s all they’ve said.
“We know that Ashli Babbitt was short, she was female, and she was unarmed. There’s no evidence the officer who killed her gave any kind of verbal warning before he pulled the trigger. Is that standard procedure? We’d imagined the rules of engagement for federal agents were limited the use of deadly force to situations where law enforcement has reason to believe they or the people they’re around are in imminent danger of being harmed. You can’t just shoot people without warning because they’re in the wrong place'” Carlson continued. “That’s not allowed. Except now, apparently, it is allowed. So when did these rules change? And, once again, who exactly shot Ashli Babbitt? Journalists exist to ask these questions like these, but they’re not.”
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The media is apparently not asking questions regarding the shooting because the political narrative doesn’t fit their needs.
Carlson was incensed by The Washington Post’s dismissal of Babbitt’s death: “‘Authorities determined that there was insufficient evidence to prove Babbitt’s civil rights were violated,’ the Post declared. That was it. The rest of the piece was a personal attack on Ashli Babbitt and her political views. She deserved to die. That was the point of the Washington Post story.”
Carlson referred to a video editor from Texas named Samuel Montoya. He was at the Capitol riot and was the one who took the clearest video of Ashli Babbitt being shot to death by the officer.
“When you watch the video, there are a lot of things to notice. Ashli Babbitt had no weapon. She wasn’t attacking anyone. She couldn’t attack anyone, because she was climbing through a window at the moment she was shot. But what’s most striking is that several Capitol Hill police officers in paramilitary gear were standing directly behind Babbitt when she was killed. They were carrying what Joe Biden refers to as weapons of war — loaded AR-15s,” Carlson remarked.
“So explain to us slowly how Ashli Babbitt posed an imminent physical threat to anyone when she was shot. She didn’t. Samuel Montoya’s footage proves it. And we’re grateful we have that tape. If we didn’t, The New York Times would be telling us that Ashli Babbitt was beating people to death with a fire extinguisher when she was killed. But thanks to Samuel Montoya, the New York Times can’t claim that,” he declared.
It turns out that Montoya has now been arrested.
“We’d love to have Montoya on the show tonight to describe what he saw that day, but we can’t do that, because he’s in jail. Yesterday, a large group of armed federal agents showed up at his house in Austin. They smashed Montoya’s front door, confiscated his electronic devices, and they threw him in jail. He’s behind bars right now. So what was his crime?” the Fox News host asked.
“Well, to find out, we read the Biden administration’s arrest warrant application. The FBI says it began investigating Samuel Montoya after one of his family members provided ‘proof that Montoya was physically inside the U.S. Capital near the shooting of a woman on January 6, 2021.’ To be clear, Montoya didn’t shoot the woman. He just happened to be nearby,” commented Carlson. He also noted that there were many journalists in the Capitol building during the riot to report on the protest but they have not been arrested.
“Well, that’s a good question. The FBI explains why in the warrant affidavit,” Carlson said, reading ‘At times during the video, Montoya describes himself to others inside the Capitol Building as a ‘reporter’ or ‘journalist’ as he attempts to get through crowds.’ And yet, the FBI concludes, ‘The director of the Congressional press galleries within the Senate Press office did a name check on Samuel Christopher Montoya and confirmed that no one by that name has Congressional press credentials as an individual, or via any other news organizations,”‘ the Fox News host stated.
He then went on to quote Joy Reid of MSNBC whom he says is insinuating that Babbitt deserved to die: “She embraced conspiracy theories. Her name was Ashli Babbitt, 35 years old. She tweeted about Pizzagate. She tweeted thousands of tweets to Fox News hosts. She engaged [on] social media with the conspiracy news Internet site Info Wars. In 2020, she began to tweet with QAnon accounts and use QAnon hashtags.”
Carlson also referenced the dual standard in reporting when it comes to riots in Portland and across the country following Daunte Wright’s death. He took particular aim at the mayor of Brooklyn Center.
“Earlier this evening, I had the opportunity to go talk to these peaceful protesters,” Mayor Elliott wrote. “Our city is calm now.”
Earlier this evening I had the opportunity to go talk to these peaceful protesters. I assured them we are working collaboratively with all involved agencies & will get to the bottom of this. Our city is calm now, thank you all who came out to peacefully protest then went home pic.twitter.com/N8RCbf52C7
— Mayor Mike Elliott (@mayor_elliott) April 13, 2021
The staged picture was mocked by Carlson: “Here’s the funny thing: the mayor was wearing a Kevlar helmet in the picture…that’s how peaceful it is. He was wearing a Kevlar helmet. Whatever else he is, Mike Elliott isn’t a very effective liar.”
Then he tore into BLM leader Bree Newsome and how she doesn’t even bother to hide her support for rioting anymore: “I’m definitely in the camp of defending rioting and looting as a legitimate, politically-informed response to state violence,” she tweeted.
I’m definitely in the camp of defending rioting & looting as a legitimate, politically-informed response to state violence. I’ve tweeted on this topic many times & I’m always willing to engage people in good faith discussion of why I hold that position.
— DEFUND & ABOLISH POLICE (@BreeNewsome) April 13, 2021
Carlson compared the treatment of Newsome with Montoya: “A few years ago, she trespassed at the Capitol in South Carolina and ripped down the flag. She also trespassed in a state lawmaker’s office and refused to leave. Is she rotting in jail? No. She was arrested briefly, then drew praise from no less than Hillary Clinton herself. Hillary endorsed that particular insurrection. But not everyone gets the same treatment, you may have noticed.”
After discussing how abolishing the police doesn’t work, Carlson referenced Oregon’s ongoing riots: “To get a sense of how different, take a look at what the Biden administration is doing in the state of Oregon. In the past few days, federal prosecutors have essentially dropped half a dozen federal felony cases that arose from those famous riots in Portland last summer. The feds reached non-prosecution agreements, which ensure that people who committed felonies will walk away with no criminal record of any kind.”
“What are the defendants in Oregon accused of doing? More than trespassing,” he noted. “One of them, a woman called Alexandra Eutin, was charged with beating a Portland police officer in the head with a wooden shield while he was trying to make an arrest. Another defendant, called Alexa Daron Graham, was charged with trying to bring down a police aircraft with a laser pointer.”
Then Carlson snarked, “Now that’s bad, obviously. But it’s not quite as bad as, say, voting for Donald Trump, or walking around the Capitol building with a camera. Alexandra Eutin and Alexa Graham won’t have a criminal record by the end of this. Samuel Montoya could spend the next seven years in jail.”
Carlson closed with a sobering assessment of justice in America: “You see what’s going on. Two systems of justice — one for the allies of the people in charge, and a very different one for their enemies. These aren’t traditional liberals. They’re not calling for a peaceful utopia where no one uses violence. This isn’t the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King. That was the old liberalism. We used to make fun of it, when it was going on. We could use a lot more of it now. This stuff is scary.”
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