Fox News host Tucker Carlson did not back down in the face of intense criticism for drawing attention to the likelihood that FBI operatives may have played a significant role in helping orchestrate the Capitol riot on Jan. 6.
As Carlson reported earlier this week, rioters named as ‘unindicted co-conspirators’ in court documents were actually FBI operatives who appear to have been involved in the rioting and who also seem to have committed harsher offenses but nevertheless were never charged.
On Thursday’s edition of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” the Fox News host told viewers that the FBI had a long history of such infiltrations and that there were a number of people in the crowd “who had been in previous contact with the FBI about what was going to happen that day.”
“Some of them may have encouraged others at the scene to commit crimes,” Carlson said. “If that happened, and we believe it did happen, it would not be out of character for the FBI. They’ve done things very much like that before. That is beyond dispute.”
In noting that the FBI has not commented on the story, Carlson pointed out that the “obedient minions of the national security state who run the social media accounts of The New York Times and occupy the anchor desk at CNN became hysterical when we mentioned it.”
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“‘You can’t say that,’ they screamed. ‘That’s not allowed!'” he said. “The geniuses at Twitter weighed in to inform us that people we had described as agents of the FBI were just FBI informants, so shut up. Hilarious.”
“But we won’t shut up, and we shouldn’t,” Carlson continued. “It could not be more obvious at this point that the government is in fact hiding something, probably quite a few things.”
He called on the media to “abandon the theatrics and find out what they are hiding.”
Carlson laid out three specific questions that need to be answered.
“First, how many of these so-called insurrectionists on January 6 had a relationship with the FBI? How many of these FBI moles encouraged others to break the law at the Capitol?” he asked.
“If none of the protesters were secretly working with the FBI, then we were wrong and we will apologize for it sincerely,” Carlson said. “But if the answer is not none, and we’re pretty sure it wasn’t, people who claim otherwise are liars and hacks and should leave the public stage immediately because they’ve betrayed their readers and viewers.”
The second question was why didn’t the Justice Department do anything to prevent the riots if they knew about them ahead of time?
“And it’s clear they did know,” Carlson said, further asking, “Why did police at the Capitol allow protesters to walk in as video shows that they did? That doesn’t make sense. What’s going on here? Why is no one asking that question?”
“Third and finally, why can’t we see the tape for ourselves?” he said. “The government is hiding more than 14,000 hours of video surveillance tape which shows exactly what did happen at the Capitol that day. Why are they hiding that?”
“Why aren’t news organizations demanding to see it? You’d hate to think NBC News, for example, or Vox, or The Atlantic, or The Washington Post or Daily Beast, The New York Times, or any of them are in fact working to protect the regime at the expense of the public,” Carlson said. “But unfortunately, we are starting to conclude that. Please prove us wrong.”
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