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Former special counsel Robert Mueller’s infamous pitbull tried biting Fox News host Tucker Carlson this week, so the conservative host kicked him right in the muzzle.
Speaking on MSNBC this Thursday, Andrew Weissmann called Carlson “anti-American” for the supposed crime of raising concerns about the National Security Agency’s now-confirmed surveillance of his emails.
“If you think about what Tucker Carlson could have done here, he could have followed the same route that The New York Times and other respected journalists did when they were incidentally overheard and may have, in fact, been not-incidentally had their call records obtained by the Department of Justice,” he said.
This route involved the Times, a left-wing paper, going to then-Attorney General Eric Holder, also a left-winger, to complain. Carlson, a conservative, instead aired his complaints on national television.
“He could have said, look, there’s a First Amendment issue, and I want to be sure that there are safeguards, but he didn’t take that route. He wanted to use this for his own purposes and to sow distrust, which is so anti-American,” Weissmann added.
“To be lectured on patriotism by people who think America’s systemically racist is, I mean, it’s beyond belief,” he said to fill-in host Mark Steyn.
Weissmann’s a far-leftist who believes in “systemic racism,” “white privilege,” etc. According to Carlson, he’s also a “corrupt prosecutor” who “ought to be facing charges for what he did during the Russia investigation.”
“Instead, he’s waxing on about what patriotism is and how if you complain about the corrupt system, then you’re unpatriotic. Submit to, you know, an unjust system, or else you’re a bad person,” he said.
It’s completely antithetical to how America’s actually supposed to function.
Carlson then pivoted his focus to Obama-era FBI official Frank Figliuzzi, who’s claimed that Carlson’s the one at fault because he shouldn’t have been trying to reach out to Russian President Vladimir Putin for an interview.
“Who thinks like that!?” I’m an American! I can talk to anybody I want! I can have any opinion I want!” he said in response.
Plus, it’s completely normal for media figures to try and schedule interviews with world leaders.
“I mean, that’s a kind of totalitarian way to think, and I hope it hasn’t infected the country. Just to recap, as an American citizen you have the right to talk to anyone you want to about anything you want to and reach any conclusion you want to. Those are the rules,” he added.
(Video: Fox News)
But it kind of has infected the country. Legal scholar Jonathan Turley noted in a recent blog post that even law school students have started adopting totalitarian thinking.
He wrote that a faculty-run journal at Duke Law School recently decided to invite Kathleen Stock, a critic of transgender ideology, to speak at a symposium on “Sex and the Law.” In response, students lost their minds.
“[S]tudent editors demanded that Stock be removed from the symposium. The faculty board issued a statement explaining the importance of freedom of speech and academic freedom, particularly on a journal that serves as a forum for debates on contemporary issues. Students resigned rather than associate with a journal offering both sides of such issues,” he wrote.
Turley warning that this bullying, authoritarian behavior is “ominous” because these students will one day be America’s “judges and lawyers.”
Likewise, the throngs of other authoritarian students across the nation will one day be America’s FBI agents, Department of Justice officials, you name it.
In a monologue preceding his interview with Carlson on “Fox News Primetime,” Steyn spoke of where all this leads.
(Video: Fox News)
“When you have, as America does, some five million people with a security clearance, that’s equivalent to the entire population of New Zealand all thinking they’re James Bond: you have a dark, bloated bureaucracy with massive powers to violate the privacy of anyone they want to,” he said.
“In theory, they should be using this power against foreigners, but the massive expansion of the 24/7 panopticon surveillance state since 9/11 has done nothing for America’s position in the world. We know so little about our Afghan adversaries that we’ve taken twenty years to lose to goatherds with fertilizer. In the broader geopolitical picture, China knows everything about us, we know nothing about them,” he added.
Meanwhile, America’s little totalitarians, from Weissmann to Figliuzzi and to the unnamed employees of the NSA, seem to know everything about every American citizen, including Tucker Carlson.
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