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Fox News host Tucker Carlson argued Wednesday that, no matter what people think about now-convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, the stark politicization of his trial by the left bodes badly for the United States.
He said that, while it’s possible the jury in Chauvin’s trial convicted him solely based on the horrifying tape of him kneeling on the neck of deceased Minneapolis criminal suspect George Floyd, there’s no way to know for certain.
“We can only speculate about it… political actors harnessed the emotion over that video and Floyd’s death to” politicize and effectively “change the outcome” of the trial, Carlson maintained.
Listen to the first half of his commentary below:
(Video: Fox News)
To prove his case, he cited the words of two powerful political players, President Joe Biden and House Financial Services Committee chair Maxine Waters, as well as actions of the city officials of metropolitan Minneapolis, where Floyd died last year.
“Just Tuesday, we saw the president of the United States throw his backing behind Chauvin’s prosecution even as the jury in Minneapolis was still deliberating the case. We saw one of the most powerful members of the United States Congress tell a group of angry people they should act out in violence if the jury dared to acquit,” Carlson noted.
“We watched the city of Minneapolis concede responsibility for the death of George Floyd right in the middle of the trial, before Derek Chauvin’s lawyer could even sum up his case,” he added.
Americans also watched “thugs threaten a defense witness with death — they smeared pig blood on the door of what they thought was his house — and then get away with it. No one in authority seemed especially interested in catching them,” according to Carlson.
Last weekend, vandals in California threw a bloody pig’s head at the door of what they thought was defense witness Barry Brodd’s home. It was, in fact, his former home.
Former home of Chauvin defense expert horrifically attacked with decapitated pig’s head, blood https://t.co/KaLjqBwhAo
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) April 18, 2021
This sort of behavior and rhetoric during a trial isn’t OK, Carlson continued.
“It doesn’t matter whether you think that Derek Chauvin was guilty and deserves what he got. … Seeing mobs trying to influence this trial should shock and horrify you at least as much as the George Floyd video did. This is a picture of a country moving backwards at high speed,” he said.
“But the strange thing is that most people didn’t seem shocked or upset by any of this. They seem relieved by the verdict. They’d of course seen the boarded-up buildings. They’d watched the troops in the streets. They understood very well what an acquittal would mean. They believed that a conviction, whether it was justified or not, would buy the country peace,” he added.
Even conservatives like Fox News host Greg Gutfeld, who expressed relief at Chauvin’s guilty verdict not because he agreed with it — but because it meant no more riots.
“After 11 months of violence and intimidation from BLM – mostly unrestrained – Americans just decided to pay the ransom. They understood Derek Chauvin as a sacrifice for the sins of a nation. And on television, they told us this was the case, they said it in the clearest terms. America is on trial, they told us. It’s not just Derek Chauvin, one cop from Minneapolis on the stand. No, it’s all of us — our history, our culture, our system,” Carlson said.
Thus, if Chauvin would have been acquitted on any of the three charges he’d faced, then America would have been convicted. And everybody knows what that would have meant. The mistake everyone made, however, was thinking Chauvin being convicted would therefore mean America would be acquitted. Wrong.
Listen to the second half of the Fox News host’s commentary below:
“So it turns out that Derek Chauvin’s conviction was not the end of the revolution. It was not the terminus of what we’ve seen for the past year since the death of George Floyd. It was just the beginning of the revolution,” Carlson continued.
Over in the liberal “utopia” of Portland, Oregon, more riots erupted. Over in the liberal “mecca” of New York City, white diners were told to “get the f–k out.” And over on social media, leftists began preaching that violence is the ticket to success.
According to Carlson, the leftists are correct.
“Rioting does work. When you burn cities, you get what you want. You get rich from corporate handouts…You get the jury verdicts you’ve demanded. Rioters know this very well, even if the rest of us will not admit it,” he explained.
“By allowing Wendy’s to be torched and Macy’s to be looted and police stations to be destroyed, the rest of us have relinquished our power as citizens and instead handed it to the most violent, unreasonable, and least productive people in the country. Why would we do something like this? Maybe historians will be able to explain it. In the meantime prepare for the next phase. But, once again, don’t kid yourself. Derek Chauvin’s conviction didn’t settle accounts. It merely increased the debt,” he added.
It’s all a result of the “bigotry of no expectations” according to Ben Shapiro, another high-profile conservative commentator. In a column written after Chauvin’s verdict, Shapiro explained that extremists have been taught that violence is OK so long as their goals align with those of the Democrat Party.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) April 21, 2021
“If the establishment media and the Democratic Party agree with your divisive identity politics agenda—or if your story can be twisted to fit that narrative—you will be defended. You will be defended whether you throw bottles at reporters or ratchet up racial tensions in public protests, whether you loot the local Target or resist arrest while carrying a knife,” he wrote.
The problem is that violence has consequences, and as is always the case, these consequences will be most felt by those on the lowest branches of society.
“Which is why race relations are worse than they were even a decade ago, violence is at stunning new highs in America’s major cities and police officers are quitting at astonishing rates. The bigotry of no expectations creates horrifying results for everyone but particularly the most vulnerable,” Shapiro wrote.
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